JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Family, friends and law enforcement from across the state paid their final respects to Mississippi Highway Patrol Corporal Josh Smith Thursday. Smith was off-duty when he was shot and killed over the weekend in Tippah County.
State troopers filed into Crossroads Arena in Corinth for Smith’s funeral. Many people, including Governor Phil Bryant, spoke highly of Smith’s law enforcement career.
His co-workers said although Smith was off-duty at the time of his death, he died doing what he loved.
Rickie Vick who was shot along with Smith was at his funeral.
MHP promised to always be there for Smith's wife Chelsea and two small children.
“The man had heart. A lot of it," said MHP Corporal Gary Stanton. "A lot of us get caught out of uniform and somebody says ‘aye boy take that uniform off, let me see how big you are’. Josh wasn’t a man to say that to. That uniform didn’t give him anymore courage than he already had. It gave him authority, but it did not give him courage.”
Smith had been a trooper since 2007 and was an active swat team member.
Troy Eaton, the man accused of killing Smith, remains in custody.