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Autopsy results back following trooper's death

Trooper Josh Smith was killed on September 30.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2018 4:32 PM

TIPPAH COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Preliminary autopsy results are back following the tragic death of a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper late last month in Tippah County.

Trooper Josh Smith was killed on September 30 in the Hatchie Bottom area near the Tippah/Alcorn County line.


Troy Anthony Eaton | Photo: Tippah County Jail

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says Smith, 32, was off-duty at the time of his death.

RELATED: Off-duty trooper shot and killed in Tippah County 

Tippah County Coroner Chris McCallister says Smith was standing outside a vehicle atop a gravel hill when he was shot in the head/face area.

More information about the scene has not been released at this time.

The caliber of the weapon or make is not being released at this time as well.

Smith’s death is being ruled homicide.

The coroner says a toxicology report is pending.

RELATED: Hundreds gather to remember Josh Smith 

Rickie Dale Vick, 38, of Michigan City, was also found suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, Troy Anthony Eaton, 43, of Rienzi, was later arrested and charged with one count of capital murder and one count of attempted murder.

This is a developing story.

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