Off-duty Mississippi state trooper shot, killed; suspect in custody

Credit: Mississippi Department of Public Safety

Credit: Mississippi Department of Public Safety

Investigators are searching for clues after an off-duty Mississippi trooper was killed early Sunday.

Mississippi state troopers and local law enforcement agencies responded to the scene near the Tippah County-Alcorn County line at 12:45 a.m.

Officers arrived at the scene to find two people suffering from gunshot wounds, authorities said.

The victims were identified as Rickie Dale Vick, 38, from Michigan City and off-duty Trooper Kenneth Joshlin "Josh" Smith, 32, from Walnut.

Smith was fatally shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

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Vick was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators have identified the suspect as Troy Anthony Eaton, 43, from Rienzi. He eventually surrendered to law enforcement around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

State, local and federal authorities assisted with the search for Eaton, officers said.

The ongoing investigation is now being handled by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

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