Police Officer Linda G. Smith

Police Officer Linda G. Smith

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, November 28, 1987

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Linda G. Smith

Police Officer Linda Smith succumbed to the injuries she received on November 10, 1987, when her patrol car was struck by a newspaper delivery truck.

Officer Smith and her partner were assisting other officers during a pursuit of two suspected car thieves at 3:30 a.m. when their car was hit at Lonyo Avenue and Michigan Avenue and burst into flames. Both were pinned inside. Responding officers pulled them from the car and rushed them to the burn center at Detroit Receiving Hospital, where she died from her wounds 18 days later. Her partner survived.

Officer Smith had served with the Detroit Police Department for over one year. She was survived by her mother and brother.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 10, 1987
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

automobile accident, vehicle pursuit

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My deepest condolences thank you for your hard Courageous work rest in peace Officer Smith True hero!!

S.P.O. Demetrius Brown
Detroit Police Department

July 8, 2024

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