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Detective Howard F. Smith | Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio


Howard F. Smith

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 13, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 32 years

Badge # D12

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/30/1971

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Paroled in 2002

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Detective Howard Smith succumbed to gunshot wounds received nine months earlier during a bank robbery while working a protection detail at the bank. The suspects were apprehended and convicted for his murder.

Both suspects were sentenced to death, but the sentences were commuted to life in prison and they were both paroled in 2002.

Detective Smith had served with the agency for almost 32 years. He was survived by his wife.

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Howard, you were a dear and respected friend. I was shocked to learn of your ruthless murder. May you rest in peace.

A friend and neighbor.
May 30, 2016


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