Patrolman Wesley John Smith

Patrolman Wesley John Smith

Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, December 16, 1975

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Wesley John Smith

Patrolman Wesley Smith was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a robbery in progress call at the Riverview Holiday Inn.

He lost control of his patrol on the ramp of the Highway 61 overpass over Highway 17 about 1:40 am. The patrol car struck the abutment.

The robbery was later determined to only be a larceny.

Patrolman Smith was a U.S. Navy veteran.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 60
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

emergency response, robbery, single vehicle crash

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I was Wes's training officer and partner in Squad 4 Beat 7 (before I made Corporeal ). The night of his end of watch I was off duty, having just been transfered, when a Squad 4 officer came to my home to make the notifacation. My assignment for he next week was with the family. Wes you may be gone but you are not forgotten, RIP Brother.

Lt/Ret TJ Brandon
Charleston PD

May 15, 2019

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