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

An off-duty state trooper is shot and killed in Tippah County.

Posted: Sep 30, 2018 10:34 AM
Updated: Oct 2, 2018 10:05 AM

UPDATE 10/1/18

Defendant Troy Anthony Eaton was formally charged with one count of capital murder and one count of attempted murder Monday. 


Josh Smith | Photo: MHP

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TIPPAH COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) --An off-duty state trooper is shot and killed in Tippah County and the accused shooter behind bars.

Master Sergeant Ray Hall says approximately 12:45 a.m. Sunday, state troopers and local law enforcement agencies responded to Hatchie Bottom, near the Tippah County/Alcorn County line.  Upon arriving, officers discovered two people suffering from gunshot wounds.

He says the gunshot victims were Rickie Dale Vick, 38, of Michigan City, and off-duty Trooper Kenneth Joshlin “Josh” Smith, 32, of Walnut.

Vick was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Trooper Smith was mortally wounded and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Hall says Troy Anthony Eaton, 43, of Rienzi, surrendered to law enforcement authorities at approximately 5:30 a.m.

Local, state, and federal authorities assisted with the search for Eaton.

The investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is on-going.

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