At approximately 1 a.m. Sunday morning, police arrested 29-year-old Marvin Banks for his alleged role in the shooting deaths of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate.
Banks is barred from gun possession thanks to a prior felony conviction.
WDAM 7 reports that Banks was charged “with two counts of capital murder, one count of grand theft auto and one count of felon in position of a firearm.” As Breitbart News previously reported, a police car was stolen after officers Deen and Tate were shot.
Marvin’s brother, Curtis Banks, was arrested around 3 a.m. and “has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.” Curtis is also barred from gun possession thanks to a prior felony conviction.
A third suspect, 22-year-old Joanie Calloway, was also captured and charged. Law enforcement officials say “she was [allegedly] in the car with the two suspects” when the shootings occurred.
Felons, like the Curtis brothers, face 100 percent gun control and are completely barred from gun possession. But the deaths of Deen and Tate show that even this level of gun control does not curtail the actions of persons with alleged criminal intent.
We saw this same thing on May 4, when NYPD Officer Brian Moore died after being shot with a stolen gun. New York has an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, a universal background check requirement, and firearm registration, but none of it stops criminals.
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