February 11, 2006 - Posted at 12:56 p.m. CST
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) _ In a sea of blue and gray, police
officers packed a church hall at Mountain Home yesterday to honor a
veteran patrolman slain by a teenager who had fled halfway across
the country. Gassville officer Jim Sell was remembered as a warrior
for good who died while trying to stop evil.
Sell died last Saturday after he was shot by 18-year-old Jacob
Robida, who was wanted in New Bedford, Massachusetts, for an attack
with a hatchet and gun on patrons of a gay bar.
At Mountain Home yesterday, Gassville Police Chief Tim Mayfield
told a crowd of about 900 mourners that police officers all know
that there's a chance the same thing could happen to them. He said
Sell's death made that possibility real for Mayfield and his
A friend of Sell's family, Pam Sullins, praised the officer for
his generosity and kindness. She said Sell gave his life as a hero
fighting to stop the evil that swarmed into the small north
Arkansas community that day.
The Reverend Sam Seamans echoed the theme of good and evil,
saying many may wonder why an officer's life was lost in a
senseless act of violence. He said the truth is that, since the
beginning of time, there have been good men and good women who have
stood in the path of those who would do evil in our world. He said
Sell was one such person.