Sgt. Kevin "Gale" Stauffer will be laid to rest today.
Funeral services were held for Sergeant Gale Stauffer, a Tupelo police officer who lost his life this week in the line of duty.
Family, friends, members of the community, and fellow law enforcement gathered to remember the fallen officer.
38-year-old Gale Stauffer was killed in the line of duty following a robbery at a downtown Tupelo Bancorp-South bank.
After his passing, as an honorary measure, Stauffer was promoted to Sergeant for his service with the city of Tupelo.
Law enforcement from all over the country gathered to pay their respects to Sergeant Stauffer, including those from right here in the metro.
"It brings back fresh memories, but at the same time, we're here to show support. The patriotism, officers from all over the nation speaks volumes here." says Officer Colendula Green of the Jackson Police Department
Stauffer's colleague, Joseph Maher was critically wounded in the shootout.
His condition is stable but serious.
Authorities say Maher is able to communicate with hand signals, but he has a long road of recovery ahead, and he will need reconstructive surgery.
The reward for information leading to an arrest has increased.
It is now up to $202,500, and authorities tell us the suspect is also connected to a attempted robbery in Atlanta.