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Officer Oliver Wendell Smith, Jr. | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


Oliver Wendell Smith, Jr.

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 26, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 3361

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Maryland

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Charged with first degree murder

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Officer Oliver Smith was shot and killed outside of his apartment in Forestville, Maryland, while off duty during a robbery attempt. Officer Smith was returning home from his shift in civilian clothes when three suspects approached him as he was exiting his vehicle outside of his home. During the robbery they made him lie face down. As they searched him they found his duty weapon and badge and then shot him three times in the back of his head as he lay on the ground. The three suspects were arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Officer Smith had served with the agency for three years. He was survived by his wife and five year old son.

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Officer Smith,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the District of Columbia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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February 26, 2017


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