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Suspect in Iowa State Trooper Sergeant Smith homicide booked into jail

GRUNDY CENTER – On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Michael Lang of Grundy Center, was released by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and transported by law enforcement authorities to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office where he made his initial appearance. Lang, age 41, has been charged in the shooting death of Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith in an attempt to arrest Lang who was barricaded in his home.

Lang has been charged with the following offenses:

First-Degree Murder, a Class A Felony, resulting in the death of Sergeant Jim Smith.

Attempt to Commit Murder, a Class B Felony, unlawfully and intentionally attempted to cause the death of Troopers in the wheeled armored personnel carrier.

Assault On A Peace Officer, a Class D Felony, resulting from the assault of a Grundy Center police officer with the intent to inflict serious injury upon the officer.

Michael Thomas Lang Complaint & Affidavit 

Lang has been transported to the Black Hawk County Jail where he is being held on a $3,000,000 cash bond.

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