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Deputy Sheriff Christopher Lynd Smith | Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Christopher Lynd Smith

Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 25 years, 11 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith was shot from ambush when he responded to reports of a house fire at the end of Caracus Court. Deputy Smith was among the first to arrive on scene at approximately 10:22 a.m. and was immediately shot and killed by the subject, who had approached him from behind.

The subject then took Deputy Smith's firearm and continued to fire at other responders, including members of the Tallahassee Fire Department and Tallahassee Police Department. One other sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded before the subject was shot and killed by an off-duty Tallahassee police officer who lived nearby and had responded to the sound of gunfire.

It is believed that the subject intentionally set the house fire with the intention to kill as many first responders as possible.

Deputy Smith had previously served as a dispatcher and corrections officer. He served with the Leon County Sheriff's Office for almost six years and had served in law enforcement for almost 26 years. Deputy Smith is survived by his wife and children.

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Well here we are entering the month where my worst nightmare came true. I miss my partner in life and my soul mate. Not a day goes by that I don't miss you but I rejoice in the fact that I know you are in heaven. I know you watch over me and the kids, I know this because I have felt your presence many times. I miss you and will love you from now until infinity.

Erika Smith
November 2, 2015


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