Deputy Sheriff Christopher Lynd Smith

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Lynd Smith

Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Christopher Lynd Smith

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith was shot from ambush when he responded to reports of a house fire at the end of Caracus Court. Deputy Smith was among the first to arrive on scene at approximately 10:22 a.m. and was immediately shot and killed by the subject, who had approached him from behind.

The subject then took Deputy Smith's firearm and continued to fire at other responders, including members of the Tallahassee Fire Department and Tallahassee Police Department. One other sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded before the subject was shot and killed by an off-duty Tallahassee police officer who lived nearby and had responded to the sound of gunfire.

It is believed that the subject intentionally set the house fire with the intention to kill as many first responders as possible.

Deputy Smith had previously served as a dispatcher and corrections officer. He served with the Leon County Sheriff's Office for almost six years and had served in law enforcement for almost 26 years. Deputy Smith is survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 25 years, 11 months
  • Badge 347

Incident Details

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

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Family, Friends and fellow Law Enforcement brothers and sisters. As I near retirement from a 25+ year career as a Law Enforcement Professional I am overwhelmed and consumed by the memory of Chris this morning.

I remember vividly several calls we were on together and will never forget the day he was killed. I was NOT on patrol duty that day with Chris and to this day can’t help but think how easily I could have / would have been there in his place had I been on duty that day. I can’t help but wonder if that call for service had been on my watch would I be retiring from a long 25 years of service or would others be posting a similar message like this about me.

May God bless and keep Chris in his everlasting arms as his memory lives forever in the hearts and minds of those of us served with him and alongside him.


Sergeant First Class David Charles Osborne (OZ)
United States Army
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November 24, 2019

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