Body of slain Iowa State Patrol sergeant returned to hometown


INDEPENDENCE, Iowa -- The body of an Iowa State Patrol sergeant killed in the line of duty is back in his Eastern Iowa hometown.

A procession of law enforcement and other first-response vehicles escorted Jim Smith's body from the State Medical Examiner's office in Ankeny to Independence on Sunday.

Smith was shot to death during a standoff in Grundy Center Friday night.

A funeral service time for Smith has not been announced.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has orders flags to fly at half-staff until the funeral.

Forty-one-year-old Michael Thomas Lang is charged with first-degree murder for Smith’s death

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