Hattiesburg Mayor on Slain Police: 'My Community Is Devastated'
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree said this morning on “Fox and Friends” that his community is devastated following the shooting deaths of two police officers.
Officer Benjamin Deen, 34, and 25-year-old officer Liquori Tate were fatally shot in a traffic stop Saturday. Their deaths are the first for the Hattiesburg police force in 30 years.
“My community is devastated […] they are almost in shock,” Dupree said of the officers’ deaths.
Dupree said he promised the families of the fallen officers that he would find the people responsible for their deaths.
Four suspects have since been arrested. Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, were charged with two counts of capital murder.
Curtis Banks, 26, was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder, and 28-year-old Cornelius Clark faces an obstruction of justice charge.
A memorial will be held today for the fallen officers. Dupree called on the entire community to come out and tell the officers’ families how much they are loved.
He also said that this weekend’s shooting is not related to unrest in Baltimore or New York.
“These are bad people doing bad things,” he said.