Police Officer Mary Freeman Smith

Police Officer Mary Freeman Smith

Fairfield Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, October 23, 2006

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Mary Freeman Smith

Officer Mary Smith was shot and killed while checking on a suspicious vehicle on Avenue H. Officer Smith had detained one subject and had placed him against the hood of her patrol car when another subject approached and opened fire on her.

One round struck her in the chest, just above her vest, fatally wounding her. A second officer who arrived on the scene moments later was shot in the leg.

Two subjects were taken into custody immediately after the shooting. The shooting suspect was apprehended the following day and charged with capital murder. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to death.

Officer Smith had served with the Fairfield Police Department for two months, and had previously served with the Birmingham Police Department for 21 years.

Bio

  • Age 48
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Well, I never met this beautiful woman, but my husband and I are driving along the memorial highway dedicated to Mary. I googled her full name and read up on her and educated my husband as well. I’m glad I did, bless her heart and God rest her soul. I hope her family is faring well today and that her memory lives on. Thank you for your sacrifice and many years of service, Mary.

Civilian/Bailey Torgerson
Stranger

June 9, 2021

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