Cross-country deadly robbery spree starts in Atlanta - CBS46 News

Cross-country deadly robbery spree starts in Atlanta

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An intense, weeklong manhunt that started after a bank robbery in Atlanta ended violently in Arizona.

Law enforcement officials have identified the man they believe robbed several banks across the country this week as 40-year-old Mario Garnett.

They say Garnett walked into the Bank of America at 2625 Piedmont Rd. in Buckhead last Monday wearing a ski mask and waving a gun. He ordered the teller to give him the money in the drawer. The teller refused and the man ran out of the bank and into a getaway car.

But later that day, police believe the same man drove to Tupelo, Miss., and successfully robbed a bank there. He also shot two police officers, killing Sgt. Gale Stauffer and injuring Officer Joseph Maher. 

The FBI quickly started an intense manhunt and offered a $200,000 reward for information leading to the man they warned was "armed and extremely dangerous."

Five days later, on Saturday, the deadly cross-country robbery spree ended in Phoenix, Ariz., where a man at a burger shop called police after seeing a masked man walk into a bank across the street.

The robber came out with a bag of money, tossed it into a car and shot at a responding officer. As the officer called for help on the radio a nearby off-duty robbery detective arrived and fatally shot Garnett. 

The U.S. Secret Service also said Sunday that Garnett threatened to kill President Barack Obama in 2010. Garnett pleaded guilty in that case and was sentenced to eight months in federal prison. The judge ordered he get mental health help upon his release. 

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