Funeral set for Mississippi trooper killed while off duty

October 2, 2018

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A funeral is set for a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper who was shot to death while he was off duty.

Magnolia Funeral Home says services for Kenneth “Josh” Smith are 2 p.m. Thursday at Crossroads Arena in Corinth.

The 32-year-old trooper died early Sunday in an isolated area near the Hatchie River in northeastern Mississippi, near Walnut.

Rickie Dale Vick, a 38-year-old Michigan City resident, was shot but is recovering.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation on Monday charged 43-year-old Troy Anthony Eaton of Rienzi with capital murder in Smith’s death and aggravated assault in the attack on Vick. Eaton yelled to a WTVA-TV reporter Monday that the shooting was “self-defense.”

It’s unclear why the men were in a remote area in the middle of the night.

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