The Latest: Funeral held for slain Mississippi trooper

Chelsea Smith is surrounded by family and friends as she mourns the loss of her husband, Mississippi Highway Patrol Officer Cpl. Kenneth Smith, before his service Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, afternoon in Corinth, Miss.(Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on funerals of law enforcement officers in Mississippi (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

Colleagues are remembering a slain Mississippi trooper as a brave man who loved family and enjoyed laughing at jokes.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports about 1,000 people attended a funeral Thursday in Corinth for 32-year-old Kenneth “Josh” Smith, a corporal in the Mississippi Highway Patrol. He was shot to death while off duty early Sunday, and a man is charged with capital murder.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant urged mourners to take care of Smith’s widow and their two children.

A Highway Patrol colleague, Cpl. Gary Stanton, said the patrol uniform gave Smith “authority,” but Smith already had courage.

Smith’s was the third funeral for a Mississippi law enforcement officer in two days. The others Wednesday and Thursday were for Brookhaven police officers shot to death on duty early Saturday.


1:10 p.m.

A south Mississippi police chief says a mortally wounded officer called out with his dying breath: “Brookhaven, I’m going down” after he was shot over the weekend.

Brookhaven Chief Kenneth Collins spoke Thursday at the funeral of 31-year-old Cpl. Zach Moak. It was the second funeral in as many days for police officers killed on duty in the city of 12,000.

Moak and 35-year-old officer James White were shot to death early Saturday while responding to reports of shots fired at a home. Collins says Moak was shot while trying to save White and sent his final words by police radio.

A funeral for another law enforcement officer was being held Thursday in north Mississippi. A 32-year-old state trooper, Kenneth “Josh” Smith, was shot to death early Sunday while off-duty.

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