Lieutenant Gordon Smith, Jr.

Lieutenant Gordon Smith, Jr.

Midland Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 28, 1961

Gordon Smith, Jr.

Lieutenant Gordon Smith was shot and killed while chasing a sexual assault and murder suspect. The suspect jumped a fence and waited on the other side. As the officers used a barrel to climb over the fence the suspect shot Lieutenant Smith in the chest with a .357 caliber revolver he had taken from a deputy sheriff.

Although mortally wounded, Lieutenant Smith was able to return fire with his Thompson 45 submachine gun and killed the suspect.

Lieutenant Smith had been with the agency for 15 years, and had previously served with the Sherman Police Department for seven years as well as serving with the United States Marine Corps during World War II (twice wounded in the pacific). He was survived by his wife, five children, and father.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I remember seeing your photo everyday going to work at the old MPD. RIP 55 years later

Floyd Mullens, Sr
Former MPD

November 28, 2016

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