Hundreds gather at vigil for fallen police officer

Hundreds gather at vigil for fallen officer

More than 500 people gathered at a vigil Tuesday night for fallen police officer David Smith.

Police officers and family members stood in front of a crowd of community members who came to support the Johnson City police officer.

Officer Smith was killed in the line of duty Monday morning while responding to a disturbance call at Southern Tier Imaging in Johnson City. Police say 43 year-old James Clark rushed at the officer and took his gun, shooting him three times before turning the gun on other responding officers.

Clark was killed after firing at the other responding officers.

The candlelight vigil was short but sweet and included a bagpipe processional as mourners remembered the 18-year veteran of the police force. The vigil was a chance for community members to get together and support one another in this time of grief.

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

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