Police Officer David Wayne Smith, Jr.

Police Officer David Wayne Smith, Jr.

Johnson City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, March 31, 2014

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David Wayne Smith, Jr.

Police Officer Dave Smith was shot and killed with his own service weapon after responding to a disturbance call at a business, at 32 Harrison Street, at approximately 7 a.m.

An employee at the business began arguing with other employees and assaulted one of them upon arriving at work. As Officer Smith arrived at the scene the employee ran out of the building waving his arms, and attacked Officer Smith before he was able to exit his patrol car or radio for help. The subject was able to disarm Officer Smith and shot him while he was still in the patrol car.

The man then opened fire on a second officer who was arriving at the scene. That officer returned fire, killing the subject.

Officer Smith had served with the Johnson City Police Department for 18-1/2 years. He was survived by his young son.

In May 2016, North Arch Street Bridge was renamed Patrolmam David W. Smith, Jr. Bridge.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 18 years, 6 months
  • Badge 057

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Rest in Peace Officer D.W. Smith, I remember I was down in JC for the longest time.. I ran into D.W. when I was having some depression issues and on the verge of... well yea.. he helped me realize what there was to live for.. and then he passed away literally a week later.. I remember running to the gunshots and seeing D.W. in his car.. and then I reached over to his radio and pressed his panic panic and told them where we were, Rest in Peace D.W; I never thought I would have to do that.

Civilian Devonta Crawford
Endicott Police Department

December 1, 2020

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