Police Officer Irving W. Smith

Police Officer Irving W. Smith

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, February 29, 1980

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Irving W. Smith

Police Officer Irving Smith was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a robbery in progress while off-duty.

Officer Smith was in a bar at 477 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, when two men who were in the bar attempted to rob it. One man drew a .32 caliber handgun and the other a 12-inch knife and ordered all the customers to lie on the floor. Officer Smith drew his firearm and identified himself as a police officer and ordered the men to drop their weapons.

The suspect armed with the gun opened fire, and in an exchange of gunfire Officer Smith and the suspect were both killed. The suspect with the knife was also struck by Officer Smith's gunfire but was able to flee. He was arrested later that night when he arrived at the hospital seeking medical attention.

The surviving suspect, who as on parole for robbery, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. He was paroled in 2001 after serving 21 years.

Officer Smith was assigned to the Transit Authority Police Academy, where he was a firearms instructor.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 4381

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed by Ofc. Smith

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I don't know if anyone will see this, but I am the stepsister of Officer Smith. I was only twelve years old when he was shot and killed. If anyone is in contact with his son, Gary, please pass along my e-mail address. I have not been in contact with him and his mother since my Dad, Joseph Irving Smith passed in 1990. Rest in peace, brother.
Tamara L. Smith (Tammy)

Ms. Tamara Smith
Sister of the Deceased

February 19, 2021

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