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Officer Willie D. Smith | Jacksonville Police Department, Florida Jacksonville Police Department, Florida

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Willie D. Smith

Jacksonville Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, January 19, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Smith was killed by three escaped convicts from Connecticut. Officer Smith and another officer did not know who they were when they walked up to them in their stolen parked car to question them about several local robberies. They opened fire killing Officer Smith and seriously wounding the other officer. One of the suspects was apprehended the next day in Jacksonville. The other two were apprehended a few days later in Pensacola.

One of the escapees was serving a life sentence in Connecticut for murdering Trooper Irving H. Nelson of the Connecticut State Police on April 6, 1928. Two of the escapees including the murderer of Trooper Nelson, were convicted of Officer Smith's murder and sentenced to life. All three were returned to Connecticut to serve the remainder of their sentences plus an additional 24 years for escape and motor vehicle theft.

Officer Smith was survived by his son and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Florida.

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Trooper Irving H. Nelson
Connecticut State Police, Connecticut
End of Watch: Friday, April 6, 1928
Cause: Gunfire

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Continue to rest in peace Officer Smith, we will never forget the sacrifice that you made for all of us.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
January 19, 2013

 

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