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Trooper Steven Roy Smith | Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma


Steven Roy Smith

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Thursday, February 9, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 725

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/25/1999

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Trooper Steven Smith succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained almost 7 years earlier when he was shot in the neck while struggling with a suspect.

Another trooper and an officer from the Grove Police Department had responded to a cemetery to investigate reports of a murder. Shortly after arriving at the scene they were confronted by an armed man who held them at bay. Trooper Smith and the Delaware County sheriff responded to the scene to backup the officers.

As the officers were negotiating with the man, he set his handgun down on a table. Trooper Smith and the sheriff took the opportunity to try and subdue the man. During the ensuing struggle, the suspect was able to grab his gun and fire it several times, wounding both officers. The man then committed suicide.

Trooper Smith's neck wound rendered him a quadriplegic. He was forced to take a medical retirement the following year and remained in a nursing home until passing away as a result of the wound.

At the time of his medical retirement, Trooper Smith had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 5 years. He is survived by his two children.

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May God bless your children as he takes you home...Rest in peace my brother.

Sgt Don Barton
Garden City Police Dept.
February 1, 2016


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