Police Officer Irving W. Smith

Police Officer Irving W. Smith

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, February 29, 1980

Irving W. Smith

Police Officer Irving Smith was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a robbery in progress while off-duty.

Officer Smith was in a bar at 477 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, when two men who were in the bar attempted to rob it. One man drew a .32 caliber handgun and the other a 12-inch knife and ordered all the customers to lie on the floor. Officer Smith drew his firearm and identified himself as a police officer and ordered the men to drop their weapons.

The suspect armed with the gun opened fire, and in an exchange of gunfire Officer Smith and the suspect were both killed. The suspect with the knife was also struck by Officer Smith's gunfire, but was able to flee. He was arrested later that night when he arrived at the hospital seeking medical attention.

The surviving suspect, who as on parole for robbery, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. He was paroled in 2001 after serving 21 years.

Officer Smith was assigned to the Transit Authority Police Academy, where he was a firearms instructor.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 4381

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed by Ofc. Smith

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I.W., your crossed my mind a few moments ago, so I looked you up. I cannot believe that it has been 37 years since we last spoke. We were coming from Seraphin's funeral.
As a senior officer I looked up to you. I shall never forget your smile as you said, "See you later Spoon".
Rest my brother. I will, see you later.

Detective Grtaham Weatherspoon
NYC Transit Police Major Case / NYPD

April 1, 2017

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