Lieutenant Gordon Smith, Jr.

Lieutenant Gordon Smith, Jr.

Midland Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 28, 1961

Gordon Smith, Jr.

Lieutenant Gordon Smith was shot and killed while chasing a sexual assault and murder suspect. The suspect jumped a fence and waited on the other side. As the officers used a barrel to climb over the fence the suspect shot Lieutenant Smith in the chest with a .357 caliber revolver he had taken from a deputy sheriff.

Although mortally wounded, Lieutenant Smith was able to return fire with his Thompson 45 submachine gun and killed the suspect.

Lieutenant Smith had been with the agency for 15 years, and had previously served with the Sherman Police Department for seven years as well as serving with the United States Marine Corps during World War II (twice wounded in the pacific). He was survived by his wife, five children, and father.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Hey Daddy,

Just wanted you to know that you have a great, great grandson now. He is my youngest son's grandson. His name is Caysen Andrew. He's 5 months old and he has red hair. I wish so much that you could have been here longer to meet your children's children and their children. You would have loved all of them. You were and are so loved and missed more than you could ever imagine even after 57 years.

I love you,

Sheila K Riddle
Youngest Daughter

October 17, 2018

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