Report: drugs involved in Tippah Trooper killing

A report by the Clarion Ledger indicates that the killing of a Mississippi state trooper was started when drugs were brought out at the site of the killing of state trooper Josh Smith.

From the report on the incident where Troy Eaton is accused of murdering Smith and shooting Ricky Vick

According to them, a group of friends were hanging out and riding ATVs in the area Saturday night There was apparently a confrontation before the riding began when Eaton allegedly had some methamphetamines. It is unclear if he had them for personal use or for sale. Officials say Smith approached Eaton, making it clear he was a law enforcement officer and that Eaton needed to put the meth away.

Most of those in the party thought the matter was smoothed over. But later that night, Smith and Vick walked over to the door of Eaton’s Jeep. Witnesses said Eaton pulled out a gun and shot Smith first, then shot Vick in the abdomen.

Since that time, Troy Eaton has been charged with Capital murder and is being held without bond. 

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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