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Police Officer Robert Louis Smith | Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer

Robert Louis Smith

Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, January 15, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Robert Smith was shot and killed after he and other officers responded to a report of a man firing a gun into a condo complex at 0110 hours.

During the search for the suspect Officer Smith located him and shined his flashlight on him. When he did this the suspect opened fire with a rifle, striking Officer Smith four times. Other officers responded to the sound of the gun shots and returned fire, wounding the suspect. The man was taken into custody and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Smith had served with the Charlotte Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife, mother, sister, and two brothers.

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It's hard to believe its been 30 years. You were a great officer and a great guy Robert. Continue to rest in peace.

Officer Christopher Goodwin (Retired)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC Police Dept.
January 15, 2017


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