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Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith | Dallas Police Department, Texas Dallas Police Department, Texas

Sergeant

Michael Joseph Smith

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 27 years

Badge # 6141

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Killed by officers

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Sergeant Michael Smith, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, and Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa of the Dallas Police Department, and Police Officer Brent Thompson of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.

As the protesters walked down Main Street between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.

The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department's Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man's location using a robot and detonated it.

Sergeant Smith was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Brent Alan Thompson
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

Police Officer Michael Leslie Krol
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End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

Senior Corporal Lorne Bradley Ahrens
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End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

Police Officer Patricio E. Zamarripa
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End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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Dear Sgt. Smith,
Although we only knew each other for a short time, it was a pleasure to work for you every day. Thank you for taking me under your wing. You have made me a better officer. I will never forget seeing you just hours before you were taken from us. We have lost a leader, a mentor, a friend, and brother. My heart goes out to your wife and daughters. They will always have a family with us. I still miss your presence when I go to the station. We all do. You are an irreplaceable human, and it was an honor to know someone so brave as to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Until we meet again.

Police Officer
Dallas Police Department
December 9, 2016

 

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