Corporal Betty Dunn Smothers

Corporal Betty Dunn Smothers

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, January 7, 1993

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Betty Dunn Smothers

Corporal Betty Smothers was shot and killed in an ambush attack while moonlighting as a security guard.

Corporal Smothers was in uniform and driving a marked patrol car when she and the store manager went to a bank to make a night deposit. As they sat in the patrol car, three suspects approached and opened fire. They fatally wounded Corporal Smothers and injured the manager.

All three suspects were arrested after the incident and sentenced to death for Corporal Smothers' murder.

Corporal Smothers had served with the Baton Rouge City Police Department for 14 years. She is survived by her two daughters and four sons.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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


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Corporal Smothers, God bless you.

I know you’re smiling down on your children, who by all accounts have become successful. Your oldest, Warrick, is a real life superhero to so many families. Raised his siblings after your tragic murder, and did everything the right way. I don’t even know Warrick personally, but I’m so proud of him. You raised one heck of a man. He and his siblings have secured your legacy and memory.

God bless, Ms. Smothers. You raised incredible children. Thank you for your dedication to your children, while also serving the public as a police officer. I’ll always remember your story, and continue to follow your legacy from afar.

SPC Christian Kemp
US Army

January 12, 2023

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