May 11, 2015

Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate - Police Officer Fatalities in Mississippi

Police Officer Benjamin Deen, age 34, and Police Officer Liquori Tate, age 25, died in the line of duty on May 9, 2015, at a hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. 

Liquori Tate (L); Benjamin Deen (R)
Officer Deen and Officer Tate were members of the Hattiesburg Police Department.

Hattiesburg is a city of just over 47,000 in southern Mississippi.

Around 8:00 p.m., the two officers were involved in a traffic stop near downtown Hattiesburg. Sometime during the procedure the occupants of the vehicle opened fire striking both officers. The subjects, two men and a woman, fled the scene. 

Marvin Banks (L); Curtis Banks (Mid); Joanie Calloway (R)
As of this posting, the motive for these murders is unknown.

The officers were rushed to a local hospital where tragically they succumbed to their injuries.

The subjects were apprehended early the next morning. Curtis Banks, age 26, and his brother, Marvin Banks, age 29, and Joanie Calloway, age 22, are facing murder and accessory to murder charges. Another male, Cornelius Clark, is charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the murders. Both of the Banks brothers have prior criminal records.

Liquori Tate graduated from South Pike High School and attended Southwest Mississippi Community College. He graduated from the Police Academy in June of
Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Ben and for Liquori and for those
who have lost them.
2014. He had 11 months of service in Law Enforcement. He was proud of becoming a Police Officer. He loved his family and was well loved in return.

Ben Deen was a K-9 Officer. He was named Hattiesburg Police Officer of the Year in 2012. He was married to Robin, and had two children - Melah and Walker. He loved his family and loved being a cop.

The Hattiesburg Police Department is in mourning over the deaths of their brothers. Both officers were professionals and were well-respected by their peers. They will be forever remembered.

The loved ones of Ben and Liquori are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. Oceans of tears will be shed for these men. They will be forever mourned.

Thank you for your service to the community, Ben and Liquori.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Ben and Liquori are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

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