Police shoot & kill bank robber suspected in death of police officer & string of other crimes

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POSTED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 8:29am

Authorities said Sunday that a man who was fatally shot by a Phoenix detective during a bank robbery had been the subject of a massive manhunt after killing one Mississippi police officer and wounding another following a bank robbery last week.

The crime spree Mario Edward Garnett, 40, is suspected of committing began the morning of December 23 in Atlanta, where police said he attempted to rob a bank, failed, and instead robbed a customer at an ATM outside the building.

It continued that afternoon when he robbed a BancorpSouth in Tupelo, Mississippi and ambushed two Tupelo officers, killing one and wounding another.

It ended just after 10 a.m. Saturday in Phoenix outside the Compass Bank when a police detective fatally shot Garnett as he was firing at a Phoenix police officer.

"He committed his crimes in the south and is suddenly thousands of miles west of there in our city," Phoenix Officer James Holmes said during a Sunday press conference.

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