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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Thinking about Chris today.

To your family, friends and fellow law enforcement professionals:

Know that Chris has a special place in the mind and heart of all of us who served with him.

As I reflect on my law enforcement career and now that I am retired I am ever mindful of the fact that Chris was working in my patrol zone that dreadful day. I reflect on both my civilian and military law enforcement career from 1989-2019 from California to Florida and as a Military Police Professional with multiple combat tours I am ever mindful of those I served with whose career was tragically cut short before “normal” retirement.

May our Lord bless and keep you forever

Oz David Charles Osborne Oz
LCSO #281 (Retired)

SFC David Osborne, US Army MP
LCSO 281

February 9, 2022

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