Homicide

Funeral for Georgia officer moved to accommodate large crowd

  • This undated photo provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows Eastman, Ga. Patrol Officer Tim Smith. Smith was fatally shot about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in a residential area of the city located about 60 miles southeast of Macon, Ga. Authorities said an unidentified suspect is being sought and an investigation is ongoing. (Courtesy of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows Eastman, Ga. Patrol Officer Tim Smith. Smith was fatally shot about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in a residential area of the city located about 60 miles southeast of Macon, Ga. Authorities said an unidentified suspect is being sought and an investigation is ongoing. (Courtesy of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Nassau County Sheriff's Office in Florida, shows the booking photo of 24-year-old Royheem Delshawn Deeds. Authorities say Deeds killed Eastman Patrol Officer Tim Smith about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in a residential area of that city, which is about 60 miles southeast of Macon, Ga. (Nassau County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Nassau County Sheriff's Office in Florida, shows the booking photo of 24-year-old Royheem Delshawn Deeds. Authorities say Deeds killed Eastman Patrol Officer Tim Smith about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in a residential area of that city, which is about 60 miles southeast of Macon, Ga. (Nassau County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say the funeral for a slain Georgia police officer is being moved from a church to a gymnasium in order to accommodate the expected large crowd.

Eastman police tell The Telegraph (http://bit.ly/2aZKxj3) that Eastman Patrol Officer Timothy Smith's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Dodge County High School gym. They said the original location at a local church was deemed not large enough.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials have said that Smith was responding to a call of a suspicious person with a gun when he was shot Saturday in Eastman, a rural city about 60 miles southeast of Macon. Authorities later apprehended 24-year-old Royheem Deeds and charged him with murder.