Hundreds gather for funeral of off-duty trooper shot and killed

Friends, family and law enforcement agencies gathered for the funeral of Corporal Josh Smith Thursday.

Posted: Oct 4, 2018 8:59 PM
Updated: Oct 5, 2018 9:01 AM

CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - Friends, family and law enforcement agencies gathered for the funeral of Corporal Josh Smith Thursday.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed last week while off-duty, authorities confirmed.

Many people including Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant spoke at the ceremony.

Some of his fellow troopers told funny stories about things that happened during Smith's 11 years on the job.

Corporal Smith was described as someone who always went into the line of danger until his death.

"He left us in the line of duty," said Corporal Gary Stanton. "He wasn't wearing his uniform or his smoky hat, but it was his duty to stand up for what was right and that's what he was doing."

Corporal Josh Smith was buried at Lone Oak Baptist Church Cemetery with Mississippi Highway Patrol honors.

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