*The authorities may have a new problem to deal with now: Civilians taking the law into their own hands. Emotions in America are running on high; and people are allowing themselves to being fueled by it. On Sunday, according to Reuters, two people–a man and a woman–were arrested and charged with the murder of two policemen; who were shot a day earlier during a routine traffic stop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, officials said.
Residents within 80 miles (130 km) southeast of Jackson had been warned to stay indoors after one suspect, who had fled the scene in one of the police cars, caused the launch of a manhunt.
The police car was later found abandoned.
Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, were each charged with two counts of capital murder, police said.
Banks’ brother Curtis, 26, was also arrested and charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.
Police identified a fourth man as Cornelius Clark. He was arrested later on Sunday, and was booked on an obstruction of justice charge.
According to an official named Dupree, the public had been helpful in them apprehending and bringing suspects to justice in the first murder of a police officer 30 years ago.
“The community helped us,” he said, without elaborating. “No parent wants to bury their child before them. And here we are on Mothers’ Day. It’s a tragedy for all America,” the official said.
According to what investigators have pieced together thus far, on Saturday evening, officer Benjamin Deen, 34, had stopped a gold Cadillac Escalade before the shooting happened. But then had called Liquori Tate, a 25-year-old recent police academy graduate, for backup.
No one knows why.
When the wounded officers were discovered by passersby who called for help, they were rushed to the hospital in Hattiesburg, but pronounced dead soon after.
In a news conference, Dupree said an investigation was ongoing, but it was too early to discuss a possible motive.
“We know the officer called for backup for a reason … we’ll find that out,” he said. “We will not jeopardize this investigation by guessing.”
According to State court records, the Banks brothers are felons with multiple arrests for firearms charges.
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