Three suspects are in custody following the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg Police Officers Saturday night.
The suspects in the case have been identified as brothers Curtis Banks, 26, Marvin Banks, 29 and Joanie Calloway, 22.
Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirms the fallen officers are Benjamin J. Deen, 34 and Liquori Tate, 25. Both Tate and Deen were taken from the scene of the shooting to Forrest General Hospital where they died.
According to reports, the Banks brothers were taken into custody early Sunday morning. Marvin Banks was arrested at a motel around 1 a.m. Two hours later, Curtis Banks was reportedly taken into custody at an apartment complex.
Our crews were there as Curtis Banks, 26, was being taken into Troop J of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol tell us a traffic stop on Gordon Street lead to the shooting.
Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said one officer stopped a 2000 Gold Cadillac Escalade around 8:30 p.m. Shortly after, a second officer arrived to assist him and shots were fired.
Torsky Williams, a long-time Hattiesburg resident, could hear the gunfire. She says she and her husband started to pray after they heard the shots.
Officers Deen and Tate were shot at the Briarfield Apartments, according to authorities.
We’re told one of the suspects attempted to leave the scene in an officer’s patrol car. That car was abandoned near a railroad in Forrest County. It was later taken to Troop J.
Multiple agencies including the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Highway Patrol and several local agencies are assisting in the shooting investigation.
Warren Strain with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation tells us the Banks brothers and Calloway were all taken to jails outside of Forrest Co. They’re not releasing their locations to the public at this time.
Officials with MBI tell us Marvin Banks has been charged with two counts of capital murder, one count of grand theft auto and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Joanie Calloway was charged with capital murder. Curtis Banks was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact.
We’re told the three accused in the case will appear before a judge for their initial appearances on Monday, May 11.