Police Officer Steven Michael Smith

Police Officer Steven Michael Smith

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Steven Michael Smith

Police Officer Steven Smith succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier as the SWAT team attempted to serve a felony arson warrant at an apartment at 14 West California Avenue.

Officer Smith was riding in the turret of an armored vehicle as it approached the apartment building when he was struck by one round. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to the wound.

The wanted subject was taken into custody following the shooting. He was sentenced to life without parole in 2017.

Officer Smith had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 1386

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 10, 2016
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life without parole

arson, swat, warrant

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I miss ya brother; think about you all the time- boxing— eating that little short punch into the ribs over and over… laughing together at the jail or meeting for coffee. It’s a grayer world without you, Mike.

Deputy JP Burns (Ret)
Franklin County Sheriffs Office

January 19, 2024

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