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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 # 347

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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Deputy Smith, it has been a few years and much has changed since the day your watch ended. You are not forgotten brother. I have spent many nights replaying this event in my mind and always wonder if that was supposed to be MY call not yours. I have never posted this publicly before. This incident occurred on the shift and in the zone I worked many many times. This incident occurred not long after I was involuntarily transferred from this shift. For this reason I will never forget that you quite possibly took a bullet that very possibly could have been mine. Rest well brother, We WILL take it from here.

Sergeant First Class David Osborne (OZ)
Former LCSO #281 - Back on Active Duty Military Police
July 15, 2017

 

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