Police Officer James Hume Smith, Jr.

Police Officer James Hume Smith, Jr.

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, November 27, 1903

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James Hume Smith, Jr.

Police Officer James Smith was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two suspects for suspicious activity at the corner of Jackson Street and 14th Street.

He observed the two men casing our a neighborhood that had several recent burglaries. As he ordered the men to walk to City Hall one of the men pulled out a revolver and opened fire, fatally wounding Patrolman Smith. Although mortally wounded he was able to return fire and kill one of the suspects. The other suspect fled and was captured in Los Angeles after committing a burglary. He was convicted of Officer Smith's murder and sentenced to life in Folsom State Prison.

Patrolman Smith had been with the Oakland Police Department for two years. He was survived by his mother and five siblings.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender One shot and killed

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Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 27, 2017

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