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Officer John J. Smith | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


John J. Smith

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 1904

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: 34 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/4/1904

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Acquitted

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Officer John Smith was shot and killed by a soldier from Ft. Meyer during the 4th of July fireworks display.

Three soldiers were creating a scene on Aqueduct Bridge and Officer Smith asked them to move on. A struggle ensued between Officer Smith and one of the soldiers. During the struggle a second soldier fired with a .38 caliber handgun, striking Officer Smith in the stomach.

He succumbed to his wound three days later. The suspects were eventually apprehended. The gunman was tried and acquitted on April 12th, 1905.

Officer Smith was assigned to the 7th precinct and had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for 34 years. He was survived by his wife, six children, and his mother, and he is buried Mount Olivet Cemetery, Washington, DC.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
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