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TUPELO, Miss. -- Tupelo officer Joseph Maher who was shot while trying to stop a bank robber last week, has been released from the hospital.

Police Chief Bart Aguirre said Maher was released Tuesday morning.

Aguirre said Maher slipped out quietly. He said in a news release that Maher's family has requested privacy in the coming weeks as Maher continues to heal.

Maher suffered injuries to the head and face on Dec. 23 after responding to a bank robbery.

His partner, Sgt. Gale Stauffer, was shot and killed.

Aguirre said Maher faced several surgeries.

The man believed to be responsible for the bank robbery and subsequent shooting was shot and killed Saturday after robbing a bank in Phoenix.

Authorities also believed he was responsible for an attempted bank robbery in Atlanta Dec. 23.

Associated Press,

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