Crime spree that started in Atlanta ends in Phoenix

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PHOENIX (AP) - The FBI says that a suspect killed by Phoenix police in a bank robbery attempt is believed to be the same man accused in the shooting death of one Mississippi police officer and the wounding of another.

He's also suspected in a robbery attempt at a Bank of America branch in Buckhead on Monday.

The statement early Sunday by the Jackson, Miss., FBI bureau came hours after Phoenix police shot and killed the man minutes after Saturday's bank robbery attempt.

The FBI said in an email statement: "We believe that this suspect is the same individual who is responsible for the attempted bank robbery in Atlanta, the robbery of the BancorpSouth in Tupelo, (Miss.) the shooting of Officer Joseph Maher, and the murder of Officer Gale Stauffer."

Phoenix police had no immediate comment when contacted early Sunday.

The slain suspect's name has not been released.

The officers were shot Monday. Stauffer died and was buried Friday. Maher reportedly was able to walk with some aid on Friday.The FBI is currently offering a reward of $100,000, with a total combined reward of over $200,000, for information leading to the capture of this individual who is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Monday's attempted robbery in Buckhead happened at a branch located at 2625 Piedmont Road.

At about 9:30 a.m., a lone male wearing a black ski mask and armed with a semi-automatic handgun entered the Bank of America and initially demanded money from a bank teller. 

The robber, unsuccessful in his robbery attempt, made the same demand from a customer at an ATM machine located in the vestibule of the bank. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money from the customer, the robber departed the bank without further incident. He was observed departing in a light grey vehicle with no license plate displayed.

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