Patrol Officer Howard Kritzer Smith, III

Patrol Officer Howard Kritzer Smith, III

Owasso Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, September 27, 2021

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Howard Kritzer Smith, III

Patrol Officer Howard K. Smith, III died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Smith had served with the Owasso Police Department for 21 years and was an Assistant SWAT Commander. He had served in law enforcement for 26 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 942

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, August 13, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Dangit Howard I miss you and your shenanigans. Think about you often……. 952

Sgt. Lem Mutii
Oklahoma City Police Department

November 3, 2022

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