The shooting death of two Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police officers Saturday night during a traffic stop in Hattiesburg prompted a statewide manhunt that led to the arrests of three suspects, according to officials.

Officer Benjamin Deen had stopped a 2000 Gold Cadillac Escalade in an industrial part of the city at around 8:30 p.m. local time Saturday, Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety told Fox News. Officer Liquori Tate arrived afterward to assist him, shots were fired, and both officers were wounded.

Officer Benjamin Deen of the Hattiesburg (Miss.) Police Department was shot and killed at a traffic stop Saturday night. (Photo: Hattiesburg PD)

Officer Benjamin Deen of the Hattiesburg (Miss.) Police Department was shot and killed at a traffic stop Saturday night. (Photo: Hattiesburg PD)


Officer Liquori Tate of the Hattiesburg (Miss.) Police Department was shot and killed at a traffic stop Saturday night. (Photo: Hattiesburg PD)

Officer Liquori Tate of the Hattiesburg (Miss.) Police Department was shot and killed at a traffic stop Saturday night. (Photo: Hattiesburg PD)

Strain said both officers died of their injuries at a hospital. The officers’ deaths are reportedly the first for the Hattiesburg police force in 30 years.


Curtis, left, and Marvin, right, Banks were arrested in connection with the shooting that left 2 Mississippi police officers dead. (Photo: Oxford Police Department)

Curtis, left, and Marvin, right, Banks were arrested in connection with the shooting that left 2 Mississippi police officers dead. (Photo: Oxford Police Department)

Strain said law enforcement agencies across the state launched a manhunt for the perpetrators, leading to the arrests of three suspects:  26-year-old Curtis Banks, his 29-year-old brother Marvin Banks, and 22-year-old Joanie Calloway.

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