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Patrolman Daniel J. Smith | Essex County Police Department, New Jersey Essex County Police Department, New Jersey


Daniel J. Smith

Essex County Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Monday, September 17, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Daniel Smith was shot and killed after stopping a stolen vehicle on I-280 in East Orange. Patrolman Smith was shot in the head by a shotgun blast as he approached the vehicle.

The suspect and several accomplices were arrested and charged in connection with Patrolman Smith's murder and other related crimes. The suspect was convicted of first degree murder, robbery, motor vehicle theft, illegal weapons possession, and sentenced to life plus 40 years in prison.

Patrolman Smith had served with the Essex County Police Department for two years.

He is survived by his wife.

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I wish you hadn't made the stop so you could be with us today. I'll never understand why a good man like you had to die. It's just not right!
Rest in Peace Brother,

Mark Hanson Ptlm. (ret)
Millburn PD Academy classmate
September 16, 2016


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