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Fallen Officer Benefit

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The investigation continues into the shooting death of a Jackson police officer.

Thursday evening, Detective Eric Smith was interviewing a murder suspect at police headquarters.

We've learned that suspect over-powered the detective, took his gun, and shot Smith four times.

Investigators say 23-year-old Jeremy Powell then turned the gun on himself.

One man in the metro is organizing an event to honor Detective Smith and raise money for his family.

"I learned a long time ago, it takes one person to stand up for something. It takes the whole town to follow you."

Bo Trebotich is taking the lead in remembering fallen Jackson police officer Eric Smith.

Trebotich is organizing a benefit for the Smith family.

"We have a silent auction going on, we have dunk your favorite sheriff. We have balloon jumps, all this stuff. Food, and everything. You pay for it, but all proceeds go to the Smith family." says Trebotich

This is not the first benefit he's organized.

Trebotich put together a tribute last spring for fallen Pearl police officer Mike Walter.

"We had a great turnout, over 20 thousand people. We raised a bunch of money for Walter's family."

He's hoping to do the same for Detective Smith.

"I'm just a citizen that, he stuck his neck out for, so why not do the same for him."

Next Sunday, members of the community will come together at Martin's restaurant and bar on state street in Jackson to remember Detective Smith and honor his family.

"You get up every morning, put your uniform, or put your clothes on, and you don't know if you're coming back. And to hear of the ones who can't come back, it hurts." says B. J. Malley, a supporter.

The event is open to everyone within the community.

Whether or not you can contribute financially, doesn't matter.

Your support is welcome.

The benefit will be held Sunday, April 14th at Martins in downtown Jackson from noon until six.

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