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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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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

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
April 24, 2017

 

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