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Vigil Held for Fallen Officer

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A vigil was held Thursday night in front of Jackson Police Headquarters in downtown Jackson.

It was for the late Detective Eric Smith, who was shot and killed in the line of duty one week ago. Smith was interviewing a murder suspect, Jeremy Powell. Powell overpowered Smith, took his gun, and shot him to death. Powell then turned the gun on himself.

Family and colleagues say Smith was a top-notch detective and worked on many high profile cases. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.

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