Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 7 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Not available
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.