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Brothers Apprehended in Connection With Fatal Shootings of Two Mississippi Police Officers

Curtis Banks and Marvin Banks have previous felony convictions in Hattiesburg.

UPDATE 5:10 a.m. EST: A female who was in the car with the Banks brothers also was taken into custody, WDAM reporter Ryan Moore tweeted.

UPDATE 4:55 a.m. EST: WDAM published photos of the two Hattiesburg police officers who were fatally shot Saturday:

(L) Benjamin J. Deen, 34, and (R) Liquori Tate, 25 (Image source: WDAM-TV)

UPDATE 4:35 a.m. EST: Police have apprehended Curtis Banks, who said, "No sir I didn't do it" when asked if he killed the two Hattiesburg officers, WDAM reporter Ryan Moore tweeted.

Curtis Banks and Marvin Banks — arrested in connection with the shooting two hours earlier — are brothers who have previous felony convictions in Hattiesburg, Moore also tweeted.

UPDATE 2:14 a.m. EST: Shooting suspect Marvin Banks is in custody, WDAS reported.

UPDATE 1:52 a.m. EST: Curtis Banks and Marvin Banks are considered armed and dangerous, WDAS reporter Ryan Moore tweeted.

UPDATE 1:36 a.m. EST: The Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police officers fatally shot Saturday have been identified as Benjamin J. Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, WDAS reporter Ryan Moore tweeted.

UPDATE 1:15 a.m. EST:Both Curtis Banks and Marvin Banks have prior records as offenders in Hattiesburg, WDAS reporter Ryan Moore tweeted.

UPDATE 12:40 a.m. EST: A second suspect, Marvin Banks, is also being sought in connection with the fatal shooting, WDAS reported.

Marvin Banks (Image source: WDAS-TV)

UPDATE 12:23 a.m. EST: WDAS reported that Hattiesburg resident Curtis Banks is one suspect sought in connection with the fatal shooting of two police officers.

UPDATE 12:10 a.m. EST: The incident began as a traffic stop. After the shootings, one of the officers' patrol cars was stolen. That cruiser was found abandoned a few blocks from the crime scene, WDAM's Ryan Moore reported in a series of tweets.

UPDATE 11:22 p.m. EST: WDAM-TV confirmed with the Forrest County coroner that both officers have died.

Original story below

Two police officers were fatally shot Saturday night in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, WDAM-TV reported.

The officers' identities are being withheld until families are notified, WDAM said.

The circumstances that led to the shooting aren't yet clear. The suspect fled the scene in an officer's vehicle, officials told the station, and that vehicle has been located. The suspect, however, was on the loose and there is no description yet.

This is breaking news; updates will be added.

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