Sergeant James K. Smith

Sergeant James K. Smith

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, April 9, 2021

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James K. Smith

Sergeant Jim Smith was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject who had assaulted and disarmed another law enforcement officer during a traffic stop near Grundy Center.

The subject initially fled as officers attempted to stop him but stopped and confronted them and antagonized them to shoot him. The man then assaulted one of the officers and disarmed him after placing the officer in a chokehold. He was able to get back into his car and fled to his home at 305 G Avenue.

Responding officers established a perimeter around the home and established an arrest team. When the arrest team entered the home, the man opened fire with a shotgun, striking Sergeant Smith. Other members of the team were able to remove Sergeant Smith from the home. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The subject shot at an Iowa State Patrol tactical team at about 11:50 pm. The man was wounded by return fire, taken into custody, and charged with murder.

Sergeant Smith had served with the Iowa State Patrol for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, mother, brother, and sister.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 462

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded

assault, barricade

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I am so sorry to learn of the grievous loss of Sgt. James Smith when he was killed in the line of duty. To the Smith family, fellow officers, and all who call James beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I hope that you continue to receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Sgt. Smith gave to his community and the residents of Iowa and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 9, 2021

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 1, 2021

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