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Tupelo Police Chief promotes fallen officer posthumously

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Cpl. Kevin "Gale" Stauffer Cpl. Kevin "Gale" Stauffer
Law enforcement agencies are looking for the person who shot and killed a Tupelo police officer and injured another. (Source: WMCTV) Law enforcement agencies are looking for the person who shot and killed a Tupelo police officer and injured another. (Source: WMCTV)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Tupelo, Mississippi Police Chief has posthumously promoted an officer who was killed in the line of duty Monday.

Cpl. Kevin "Gale" Stauffer, 38, was promoted to rank of sergeant by Chief Bart Aguirre.  The move was announced on a Facebook page dedicated in Stauffer's honor.

Stauffer, a native of Baton Rouge, died Monday after being shot during a bank robbery in Tupelo. Stauffer and his partner responded to the call.

While pursuing the suspects, both men were shot. Stauffer was killed and his partner was injured. The other officer remains hospitalized in critical condition. His name was not released.

Police have released surveillance video that shows a charcoal-colored sedan, believed to be involved in the crime. It drives into the BancorpSouth parking lot on Monday, and then it goes out of the camera frame.

According to Mayor Jason Shelton, a bystander used the fallen officer's radio to report the shooting.

The suspect remains on the run. Investigators said the suspect was possibly driving a rental car that could have sustained damage from gunshots.

A reward of $100,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Stauffer leaves behind a wife and two young children. He graduated from McKinley High in 1993 and was also a former member of the Louisiana National Guard.

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