Funeral set for former Pine Bluff officer

Funeral services for former Pine Bluff Police Officer Willam Jason Sprague, who was killed in the line of duty last Friday while a member of the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department will be held at 10 a.m. today in Texarkana.

Interim Pine Bluff Police Chief Jeff Hubanks sent a memo to all uniformed officers late Monday informing them of the funeral, which will include full police honors and will be held at the First Baptist Church on Moores Lane at Texarkana.

Texarkana-Shreveport television station KTBS reported on its website that Sprague, 30, was the first officer to respond to a reported disturbance involving more than 100 people at a park in Texarkana early Friday morning. As he was getting out of his vehicle to make contact with one of the vehicles leaving the scene, he was struck by an SUV.

A 21-year-old Texarkana, Texas, man was arrested in connection with the incident.

Hubanks said Sprague had worked for the Pine Bluff Police Department for almost four years. He was hired the first time on Jan. 2, 2007, then left in October 2008 and came back in October 2010, working for two years before leaving in January 2012 when he joined the Texarkana Police Department.

“He was a hell of a police officer,” Hubanks said. “He was ultra-professional and I don’t think there was ever a civilian complaint filed against him.”

Hubanks said Sprague had worked for the ambulance service and volunteered to be a civilian medic with the department’s SWAT team, which Hubanks commanded at the time.

“He went through the training and was a good team member,” Hubanks said.

Sprague also formerly worked for the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the television station report, Sprague was the fourth Texarkana, Texas, officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1877.