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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
Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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

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

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I miss my friend. See you on the other side Mike.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

by Mary Elizabeth Frye

A brother.
DPD
September 19, 2016

 

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