Patrolman Edmund Smith

Patrolman Edmund Smith

Wellington Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 4, 1957

Edmund Smith

Patrolman Edmund Smith was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance.

As he arrived, the suspect fled the scene and Patrolman Smith gave pursuit. The man stopped his car at Barker Street and Maple Street and exited his car. Patrolman Smith and the suspect exchanged shots but Patrolman Smith's gun jammed.

The man fatally shot the wounded officer as he tried to crawl back into his patrol car. The suspect was sentenced to death and executed in 1959.

Patrolman Smith was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Executed in 1959

domestic, vehicle pursuit

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Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the incredible sacrifice and murder of Edmund Smith. Many take for granted the true cost of the thin blue line. Thank you Edmund for being willing to lay down your life for society, a price that can never be repaid. It is our hope that we can serve as faithfully and honorably as you.

Chief Tim Barfield
Wellington Police Department

May 3, 2017

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