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Police Officer Richard W. Smith, Jr. | Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

Police Officer

Richard W. Smith, Jr.

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Thursday, August 18, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 193

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/18/2005

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Suspect: Charged with five counts of murder

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Officer Richard Smith and Officer Michael King were shot and killed while attempting to take a man into custody for a mental health evaluation.

The officers located the man at an address near the intersection of Ash Street SE and Gold Avenue SE. They were fired upon immediately upon arriving at the scene. Officer King was killed instantly, Officer Smith was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect fled the scene on a motorcycle but was located approximately two hours later. He was injured when the motorcycle crashed as officers attempted to stop him. The suspect was charged with murdering Officer King and Officer Smith. He was also charged with two murders that had been committed earlier in the evening at a local motorcycle store at a fifth murder of a New Mexico Department of Transportation worker that had occurred that morning.

The suspect, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was later found incompetent to stand trial. He was sentenced to 179 years in a state mental institution. If he is ever found competent preparations for a trial will begin.

Officer Smith had served with the Albuquerque Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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End of Watch: Thursday, August 18, 2005
Cause: Gunfire

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This broke my heart, Officer Smith,Officer King thank you for all your years of service and returning after retirement, it is tragic your lives were taken in such a manner that didn't have to happen. All the victims I hope your families know that you all are still with them everyday, even though they can't see you your there, I hope it gives them some peace.

Kerie
Wife of a DOD Police Officer
November 29, 2013

 

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