Corporal Betty Dunn Smothers

Corporal Betty Dunn Smothers

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, January 7, 1993

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 been employed with the Baton Rouge City Police Department for 14 years, and 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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Dear Corporal Dunn. I watched your son, Warrick play at FSU and for the Falcons. His contributions to society are because of your heroism honor and humility. A brave soul of a woman never to be forgotten. Rest in peace. I am a Rabbi and a chaplain with Catholic Health Services in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties here in Florida. My dad may he rest in peace was a longtime New York City police officer with the 102 precinct in Richmond Hill, (Queens) New York.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 3, 2018

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