Crowds support fallen Tupelo officer

Crowds support fallen Tupelo officer (Image 1)

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – There was a massive showing of support for the family of deceased Tupelo Police Sgt. Kevin “Gale” Stauffer, who was shot and killed by a fleeing suspect when responding to a bank robbery on Monday.

Crowds lined the streets Friday from First United Methodist Church to the Tupelo Memorial Park Cemetery.

The funeral procession left the church, where services for the 38-year-old officer were held, and was greeted by residents holding black and blue and American flags. The Daily Journal reports Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson estimated more than 1,000 people on the streets as the procession drove past.

Law enforcement from as far away as Florence, Ala., Jackson and Memphis, as well as local law enforcement, filled the processional, guiding Stauffer's family and friends to the internment.

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