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Detective Lieutenant Benjamin F. Smith | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Detective Lieutenant

Benjamin F. Smith

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, February 17, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/16/1929

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Lieutenant Smith and Detective Clarence Stadler were shot and killed during a shootout with two suspects who were attempting to rob a payroll on West Chicago Street. Detective Stadler was struck twice in the face and once in the abdomen. He was transported to Highland Park Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Detective Lieutenant Smith was also shot and died the following day.

One of the suspects was shot and killed and another was wounded.

Detective Lieutenant Smith had served with the Detroit Police Department for 16 years.

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Detective Clarence L. Stadler
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Saturday, February 16, 1929
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 11, 2012


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