Mississippi Man Who Killed Two Cops Found Dead in His Jail Cell

Marvin Banks, 29, is shown in this undated police handout photo provided by the Hattiesburg Police Department in Hattiesburg, Mississippi May 10, 2015.   REUTERS/Hattiesburg Police Dept/Handout via Reuters
Marvin Banks, REUTERS/Hattiesburg Police Dept/Handout via Reuters

A Mississippi man charged with shooting and killing two police officers in May was found unresponsive in his jail cell and later was pronounced dead, a sheriff’s office official said on Saturday, Reuters Reports.

Marvin Banks, 30, faced two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, who were gunned down in during a routine traffic stop on May 9. It was the first killing of a police officer in the city for more than 30 years.

Deputies found Banks unconscious and alone in a jail cell on Friday, Forrest County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Nick Calico said.

Paramedics attempted to revive Banks before taking him to a hospital where he pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m., according to Calico.

Calico said the cause of death was unknown. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will handle the case and an autopsy will be performed, he said.