Flags, people line funeral route for slain Iowa trooper

Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 7:08 PM CDT
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INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) - Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across Iowa and other states filed past the flag-draped casket of Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith, who was shot and killed last week while trying to arrest a man barricaded inside his home.

Friday’s funeral, which was open to the public, was held in the high school gymnasium in Smith’s hometown of Independence. Smith, a 27-year-veteran of the patrol, was shot and killed April 9 during a standoff in Grundy Center with 41-year-old Michael Thomas Lang.

Lang, who also was shot and critically wounded, is charged with first-degree murder.

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