Videos: Police remember fallen Ohio officer, man plays Taps outside of HQ

Steven M. Smith was shot April 10 while responding to a call of a man who was barricaded in his home

By Kelly Lecker
The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS — Columbus Police live-streamed the funeral of SWAT Officer Steven M. Smith this morning.

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church holds 1,600 people, and there is an overflow area for 1,300 more. Still, as officers pour in from around the country, police expect the crowd to be too big for the church. People who can't make it to the service can watch it on the city's website. The service starts at 11 a.m.

The Rev. Leo Connolly and the Rev. Kevin Lutz lead today's service. Speakers included Police Chief Kim Jacobs as well as a lieutenant and sergeant who worked with Smith, a 27-year police veteran.

Outside the church, drawings and signs made by St. Paul students are everywhere. Officers are arriving from as far away as Colorado. 





Smith was shot April 10 while responding to a call of a man who was barricaded in his home. He died two days later.

Lincoln Rutledge, 44, is charged with aggravated murder in Smith's death. An aggravated murder charge keeps the door open for prosecutors to pursue a death-penalty indictment, officials said.

Throughout the last week, the community has shown support for Smith and the police division with flowers, ribbons and more. A man pulled up outside police headquarters, played Taps on his bugle, and left. Well-wishers have been visiting the Columbus Police memorial. More than 30 people in Groveport tied blue ribbons to trees.

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