Candlelight vigil planned in Johnson City to remember fallen Officer David Smith

Officer David Smith

Family, friends, brothers and sisters in law enforcement, and members of the Johnson City community and beyond will come together Tuesday evening to honor and remember Officer David W. Smith.

A candelight vigil will be held in front of the Johnson City Police Department at 7:30 p.m.

All across the Southern Tier, flags are flying at half-staff and many local police stations and fire departments display messages of sympathy.

43-year-old Officer Smith was an 18-and-a-half year veteran of the police force. He was killed in the line of duty Monday morning, just after his shift began.

He was responding to a report of a disturbance at Southern Tier Imaging on Harrison Street, just a few blocks from the Police Department. A Chenango County man ran toward him, attacking the officer before he could even get out of his police cruiser. Somehow this man was able to get Officer Smith's duty weapon, and shoot the officer three times.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what led the suspect to shoot and kill Officer Smith, but admit it's likely they will never know just what happened.

The shooter, 43-year-old James Clark of Greene, worked as an MRI technician at the imaging company. Co-workers said he was acting unstable that morning. Fellow responding officers shot him after he killed Smith - and he died a few hours later at the hospital.

Officer Smith is survived by his wife and one child.

A Facebook page has been set up in his memory, where people continue to post their memories of the Officer and condolences.

The vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. at the police department at 31 Avenue C in the Village of Johnson City.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early.

There is parking in an area behind the Red Robin Diner, off of Main Street.

Family will receive loved ones and friends this Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chase Funeral Home on Chenango Street in the Town of Dickinson.

A funeral service will follow Friday morning, at 11 at the Sarah Jane Johnson Church on Main Street in Johnson City.

Officer Smith will be laid to rest at the Chenango Valley Cemetery.

The burial service will be limited to family and local law enforcement.