Officer Lafayette A. Smith

Officer Lafayette A. Smith

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Thursday, January 14, 1909

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Lafayette A. Smith

Officer Lafayette Smith was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect. He had observed a man and woman struggling in the street at 0045 hours and attempted to arrest the man. During the ensuing struggle Officer Smith was shot by the suspect. The suspect was later shot and critically wounded by a detective before being taken into custody. He died in the hospital nine days later.

The suspect was one of three men arrested for the murder of Police Officer Charles Mayer of the St. Paul, Minnesota Police Department on Febuary 1, 1902. All three men were released because of a lack of evidence and a key witness refusing to testify.

Officer Smith had served with the agency for six years and was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Smith,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Omaha. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 14, 2019

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