Mayor DuPree: "We will celebrate the lives of our fallen officers."

Mayor DuPree: "We will celebrate the lives of our fallen officers."
Curtis Banks being taken into custody after a manhunt in Hattiesburg.
Curtis Banks being taken into custody after a manhunt in Hattiesburg.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree held a press conference at the Hattiesburg Police Department in regards to the two officers who lost their lives in a shooting Saturday night.

DuPree acknowledged the dedication of both officers to protecting the Hub City, saying their lives aren't to be mourned but celebrated.

DuPree also thanked the surrounding law enforcement agencies and the public for their help in finding the suspects.

"We were able to catch these individuals and keep our promise to the officers' families with the public's help," DuPree said.

Community events are being organized in honor of both men, but exact times have not been released.

The two officers that were killed were identified as Benjamin J. Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25. According to the Forrest County Coroner, their bodies will be transported to Jackson for autopsy. Three suspects have been charged in connection with the fatal shootings.

Marvin Banks, 29, has been charged with two counts of capital murder, one count of grand theft auto and one count of felon in position of a firearm.

Joanie Calloway, 22, has been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Curtis Banks, 26, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.

Marvin Banks was taken into custody around 1:15 a.m. He was apprehended at North Gate Inn.

Around 3:00 a.m. Curtis Banks was apprehended at Plantation Place apartments.

Calloway was also taken into custody around the time of the shooting. According to officials, she was in the car with the two suspects.

Both Curtis and Marvin have Hattiesburg addresses, and live near the scene of the shooting. Both suspects also have prior records as offenders in the city of Hattiesburg.

Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirmed both officers died because of injuries sustained in the shooting. Both officers were transported from the scene to Forrest General Hospital.

The shooting incident happened a little before 8:00pm Saturday. According to officials, the suspect fled the scene in an officer's vehicle. It was found abandoned near the rail road tracks behind the train depot.

More information will be release once the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has completed their investigation.

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