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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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I met your father on Saturday. I had the honor of marching beside him from the law officers memorial to the grounds of he Capitol. . What an amazing man!!! God bless your family!

Bobbie Padgett Sea of Blue-DC
January 21, 2015


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