Corporal Betty Dunn Smothers

Corporal Betty Dunn Smothers

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, January 7, 1993

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Betty Dunn Smothers

Corporal Betty Smothers was shot and killed in an ambush attack while moonlighting as a security guard.

Corporal Smothers was in uniform and driving a marked patrol car when she and the store manager went to a bank to make a night deposit. As they sat in the patrol car, three suspects approached and opened fire. They fatally wounded Corporal Smothers and injured the manager.

All three suspects were arrested after the incident and sentenced to death for Corporal Smothers' murder.

Corporal Smothers had been employed with the Baton Rouge City Police Department for 14 years, and is survived by her two daughters and four sons.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Cpl. Smothers, I was only 13 years old when you were killed. I remember wanting to attend your funeral services, having no idea why my attraction to honor you was so strong at that young age. Today I have been a police officer for 10 years, and I owe a lot of it to you. I had no idea that a "brown" girl could become a cop until I saw you. Thank you for your inspiration. RIP

Officer D. Spears
Bedford Police Department

January 7, 2020

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