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WATCH LIVE: Public funeral for slain State Patrol officer Sgt. Jim Smith livestreamed today
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WATCH LIVE: Public funeral for slain State Patrol officer Sgt. Jim Smith livestreamed today

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INDEPENDENCE -- Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith's funeral is Friday, April 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Independence Community High School. The livestream will begin at 9:15 a.m.

Smith died April 9 of a single gunshot wound while on the job. Law enforcement say he was shot by Michael Lang of Grundy Center, as Smith and other law enforcement attempted to enter Lang's home to arrest him.

Smith, a 1992 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, has lived in Independence since 1996, according to his obituary. He has been a member of the patrol's Tactical Team since 1994.

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He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and two children, Zander and Jazlyn.

The family asks that donations be made to the Official Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith Memorial Fund at Bank Iowa, 230 1st St. East, Independence, IA, 50644, or they may be dropped off at any BankIowa branch in Independence.

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