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Trooper Herbert Wade Smith | Indiana State Police, Indiana Indiana State Police, Indiana


Herbert Wade Smith

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch: Thursday, December 5, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years, 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Trooper Herbert Smith was shot and killed after making a traffic stop on State Road 9 near Shelbyville in Shelby County.

When the driver couldn't produce identification he asked the four teenage occupants of the vehicle to follow him to the police station. Suspecting the vehicle was stolen, Trooper Smith requested a license place check while driving to the station.

While en route the suspects pretended to have car trouble and pulled to the side of the road. Trooper Smith also stopped and as he approached the vehicle the suspects opened fire, striking him three times. He was able to return fire and make it back to his patrol car, where he died of his injuries. The two male and two female suspects were apprehended.

Trooper Smith had served with the Indiana State Police for over four years and was assigned to the Connersville post. He was survived by his wife.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with his survivor's today. Our promise; Always honored, never forgotten, forever grateful for his service to his community and to our nation.

Sgt. T Jake Jones
Greater Cleveland Peace Officer Memorial Society, Ohio
December 5, 2016


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