Chief Frazier Bolton of the Hattiesburg Police Department in Mississippi sadly reports the death of Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate.

Officer Deen had made a traffic stop of a person driving a vehicle for speeding. Shortly after the initial traffic stop, Officer Tate,25, arrived as a back up officer. As Officer Deen made contact with the driver of the vehicle, one of the occupants opened fire on both officers striking both of them.

One of the suspect’s then stole a patrol vehicle and fled the scene. It was later recovered behind the train station adjacent to the rail road tracks.

Two citizens passed the lone patrol vehicle sitting in the roadway unoccupied with its emergency lights activated. As they passed the patrol vehicle one of the officers was observed laying on the ground in front of the patrol unit.

The female driver stopped and called 911 for assistance while the male passenger checked on the officer. Finding the officer unresponsive, a second officer was heard writhing in pain and laying on the ground across the street. The second officer told the citizen that he knew he was dying and asked for his portable radio to call for assistance and provide dispatchers with the suspect’s identification and direction of travel.

Both officers were transported to the Forest General Hospital where they were pronounced dead shortly after their arrival.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is leading the inquiry into the shooting with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety assisting in the investigation.

Officer Tate served the Hattiesburg Police Department for 11 months. He was unmarried and did not have any children. He is survived by his parents.

Officer Liquori Tate-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Saturday, May 9, 2015

Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow

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