Lieutenant John Wesley Smith, III

Lieutenant John Wesley Smith, III

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, May 14, 1980

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John Wesley Smith, III

Lieutenant Smith was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an officer needs assistance call that was broadcast over the police radio shortly after midnight. He was travelling on Clarksville Highway when his patrol car collided with a pickup truck.

Lieutenant Smith had been with the agency for 17 years and was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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LT. John Smith, III was as fine a man as I everget knew. I am retired officer Bill Fleming and I was a traffic officer then and I had to work that wreck. It was AWFULL and I can still remember it!

Retired. Officer, William Fleming
Metro Nashville Police Dept

June 8, 2018

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