Officer Oliver Wendell Smith, Jr.

Officer Oliver Wendell Smith, Jr.

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Wednesday, February 26, 1997

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Oliver Wendell Smith, Jr.

Officer Oliver Smith was shot and killed outside of his apartment on the 4400 block of Rena Road in Forestville, Maryland, while off duty during a robbery attempt.

Officer Smith was returning home from his shift in civilian clothes when three suspects approached him as he was exiting his vehicle outside of his home. During the robbery they made him lie face down. As they searched him they found his duty weapon and badge and then shot him three times in the back of his head as he lay on the ground. The three suspects were arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Officer Smith had served with the agency for three years. He is survived by his wife and five-year-old son.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 3361

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Maryland
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with first-degree murder

off duty, robbery attempt

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I worked with Oliver a lot! He was a cool and collective guy!
He would treat citizens with respect and put 100% while on duty!
Great guy! I will never forget you! RIP Brother!

MPO (Level 1 R) Paul C
MPD-DC/ Co-worker

June 16, 2021

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