Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith

Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 7, 2016

Michael Joseph Smith

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 college building 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.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 6141
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Killed by officers

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Senior Corporal Smith,
It broke our hearts to hear what happened. Our family had the great pleasure of meeting your daughters, whom I know you were so proud of. Our family still prays for them at night and we have a memorial tree out in front of our house broadcasting a memorial and officers from Texas who have lost their lives since 2016. It will remain up until there are no more killing of innocent lives. RIP. Hopefully I will meet you one day.

Civillian Bethany Boyce
Carrollton Texas

December 22, 2017

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