Families and friends mourned the deaths of Mississippi officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, after the two were shot. Police arrested four people in connection to the fatal shooting, and two of them are charged with murder. The incident took place around 8 p.m on Saturday.
The four held in the Mississippi Highway Patrol shooting are Marvin Banks, 29, Joanie Calloway, 22, Banks’ brother, Curtis, 26, and Cornelius Clark, 28. Calloway was driving with the Banks. One among them fired at the two officers on duty who both died shortly after reaching Hattiesburg hospital.
Deen, who was married to his childhood sweet heart, was blessed with two daughters. Friends and family remember Deen as a good human being.
“He loved to hunt and fish, and living and being outdoors,” said a family friend.
“The two things that really summed him up as far as a person, he didn’t go anywhere without his family, ever,” a family spokesman said. “The day before he went on shift and passed away, he had just been out with his son – they were out target shooting with each other – he was boasting, he was proud of his son.”
In memory of Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, people offered flowers, balloons and cards on the spot of the incident.
Vince Hatten, who was first to report the incident on Sunday morning, said, “My grandfather was a Fire Chief for the Hattiesburg Fire Department, and anytime something happens in Hattiesburg, it really hits close to home and it tears my heart up.”
“I’ve noticed that a lot of people have come together in the City of Hattiesburg, and I think that Hattiesburg can lead by example when responding to situations by this,” Hatten said.
A few miles away from the crime scene, a strong message was displayed, saying, “Stop the Violence.”
The second officer, Liquori Tate, was delighted to start a career in law department.
“I graduated the Police Academy today. I am now a Police Officer,” Tate wrote on June 11, 2014.
“I would like to thank God, the Police Academy, the Police Department, my family, friends, and love[d] ones.”
Tate’s sister, Alonte, and father Ronald Tate mourned the death of Liquori.