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EPD To Pay Respects To Officer David Smith
ELMIRA---(WENY) Much of the Southern Tier is still in shock following the shooting death of a Broome County police officer. Now, Elmira police officers are preparing to pay their respects to slain Johnson City Officer David Smith.
Several EPD officers along with the Honor Guard will head down to Johnson City on Friday to say goodbye to the fallen hero with local ties.
Officer David Smith was killed in the line of duty on Monday at Southern Tier Imaging in Johnson City when he was shot three times by his own gun.
The suspect, 43-year-old MRI Technician James Clark, also killed, reached for officer Smith's gun during a struggle between the two of them. Clark was shot by another officer on the scene and later died at the hospital.
Elmira Police Chief Mike Robertson says incidents like this always hit home for them, and that several of his officers knew Officer Smith personally.
Chief Robertson said, "We have people that are personally acquainted with Officer Smith, including one officer which is mine who's brother works for Johnson City PD. So, it does hit home with something like that, even though it's like 45 minutes to an hour travel time, it's still like being right next door."
If you'd like to pay your respects to Officer Smith, calling hours will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Wm. R. Chase and Son Funeral Home in Port Dickson.
The Funeral is set for 11:00 am Friday morning at the Sara Jane Johnson Memorial Church in Johnson City.