Funeral Set Today for Slain Police Officer

FEBRUARY 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:40 a.m. CST

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - Gassville police officer James Sell is to be buried today after a funeral service in Mountain Home.  Sell was killed on Saturday when he pulled over 18-year-old Jacob Robida, who was wanted for a hatchet-and-gun attack at a gay bar in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

More than 1,000 law officers from more than two dozen states are expected to be on hand for the funeral this afternoon.  A procession of as many as 400 police cars is expected.

The shooting in Gassville sparked a furious 20-mile chase that ended when Robida's car crashed after spike strips blew out two tires.  The teenager killed 33-year-old passenger Jennifer Rena Bailey of Charleston, West Virginia and then himself as police fired on the car.

Governor Huckabee ordered state flags to fly at half-staff today to honor the 63-year-old Sell, who formerly served with the Blytheville Police Department.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)