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FBI says cellphone records linked slain suspect to bank robberies, death of police officer

PHOENIX — A suspect killed by Phoenix police in a bank robbery is believed to be the same man accused in the shooting death of a Mississippi police officer and the wounding of another, the FBI said Sunday.

The statement came after Phoenix police shot and killed the suspect in Saturday's bank robbery. Investigators believe the same suspect tried to rob a bank in Atlanta on Dec. 23. Hours later that day, he allegedly shot the two officers in Tupelo, Miss., after a bank robbery there.

Phoenix police identified the suspect as Mario Edward Garnett, 40. Police spokesman James Holmes said it was unclear when Garnett arrived in the state. Holmes said Garnett was from the Midwest, had served for four years in the Army and appeared to have no connections to Arizona.

Daniel McMullen, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Jackson, Miss., said records showed Garnett's cellphone was in Atlanta, Tupelo and Phoenix at the time of each incident.

The Secret Service later said he was arrested in Oklahoma City in 2010 after making online threats against President Barack Obama. The agency would not say how the case was resolved.

Beth Stauffer, center, listens to the FBI’s Daniel McMullen on Sunday. Her husband, an officer, was killed Dec. 23.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Beth Stauffer, center, listens to the FBI’s Daniel McMullen on Sunday. Her husband, an officer, was killed Dec. 23.

FBI says cellphone records linked slain suspect to bank robberies, death of police officer 12/29/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 11:48pm]

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