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Funeral set for upstate NY officer killed on duty

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — Funeral services are set this week for the upstate New York police officer fatally shot by a medical technician who had grabbed the officer's gun.

Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski announced Tuesday that calling hours for Johnson City Officer David Smith will be held Thursday, followed by funeral services Friday at church just two blocks from where he was shot Monday morning.

Authorities say they still don't know why 43-year-old James Clark ran up to Smith, wrestled his weapon away from him and shot the officer. Police say Clark had argued with co-workers just minutes earlier.

Clark fired at another officer who arrived at the scene and was killed by the officer.

The 43-year-old Smith was an 18-year veteran of the police department in Johnson City, a village just west of Binghamton.

 
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