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Police Officer Claude C. Smith | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

Claude C. Smith

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 24, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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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.

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Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 35th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer, 31 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 12, 2009

 

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