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Suspect found after Mississippi police officer killed

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The manhunt for 31-year-old Dante Marquez Bender is over following his capture by Mississippi police in Ackerman on Friday at 10:40 a.m.

On Thursday evening, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation announced the search for Bender after an officer-involved shooting that took place on 51st Avenue in the Meridian city limits at 5:20 p.m.

The fallen officer, Tuscaloosa native Kennis Croom, was the first to arrive on the scene after responding to a call regarding a domestic situation.

Croom had been with the Meridian Police Department for eight months before being shot, later dying at a local hospital.

Bender’s fiancée Brittany Jones, who was pregnant at the time, was also found dead in the house by police after Bender fled the scene.

The investigation has since been turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

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