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Patrolman Billy Gene Smelley | Quinlan Police Department, Texas Quinlan Police Department, Texas


Billy Gene Smelley

Quinlan Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, September 18, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 10 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Billy Smelley succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained ten days earlier when a prisoner gained control of another officer's weapon inside the police station, at 104 Main Street, and shot both officers.

Patrolman Smelley had arrested the subject for DWI and was in the process of booking him when the incident occurred. He succumbed to his wound while being transported to the hospital.

The subject committed suicide outside of the police station.

Patrolman Smelley had served with the Quinlan Police Department for 10 months. He was survived by his wife, Lola, and daughter, Jacquelyn.

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Just heard your story from your daughter. Honored to have met her. You are not forgotten, sir. Nor is your service to our State and citizenry. RIP

Det. Fisher
November 23, 2016


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