PHOENIX — A suspect killed by Phoenix police in a bank robbery attempt is believed to be the same man accused in the shooting death of a Mississippi police officer and the wounding of another, the FBI said Sunday.
The statement came hours after Phoenix police shot and killed a suspect after Saturday’s bank robbery attempt. Investigators believe the same suspect also tried to rob a bank in Atlanta on Monday, hours before he allegedly shot the two officers in Tupelo, Miss.
Authorities didn’t immediately release the suspect’s name.
Daniel McMullen, special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Jackson, Miss., said records showed the suspect’s cellphone was in Atlanta, Phoenix, and Tupelo at the time of each incident.
McMullen also said there were ‘‘numerous similarities’’ between the three bank robberies, including the clothing worn by the suspect, statements he made during the incidents, and his ‘‘overall modus operandi.’’
The Phoenix shooting happened Saturday morning at a Compass Bank branch after someone reported seeing a man run into the bank while wearing a mask.
The first officer to arrive saw the man leave the bank with a bag and a handgun.
A detective who had just arrived at the scene shot the suspect, who was pronounced dead after being taken to a Phoenix hospital.