Police Officer Claude C. Smith

Police Officer Claude C. Smith

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, April 24, 1974

Claude C. Smith

Officer Claude Smith was shot and killed while assisting a sheriff's deputy search for a wanted man in the Vaughn Housing Project.

During the search, an unrelated man mistook Officer Smith for a child molester believed to be in the area and shot him.
Officer Smith had been a member of the St. Louis Police Department for seven years and is survived by his wife and 6-month-old son.

Bio

  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Smith,
On today, the 43rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

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United States Border Patrol

April 24, 2017

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