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Police Officer Charles T. Smith | Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

Police Officer

Charles T. Smith

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 31, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officers Charles Smith and Gerald Hempe were shot and killed during a traffic stop.

While attempting to arrest the driver of the vehicle, a struggle ensued. During the struggle, a bystander who witnessed the stop walked up to the officers and opened fire, striking them both in the neck and head. The bystander had nothing to do with the stop.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on June 12, 1973. He was denied parole in 2010.

Officer Smith had been a member of the Milwaukee Police Department for eight months and had previously served with the United States Navy.

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Police Officer Gerald William Hempe
Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 31, 1973
Cause: Gunfire

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A military veteran who came home and continued his life of selfless service in the protection of others. Prayers to his family, friends and co-workers. We never forget when we lose one of our own.

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