Deputy Sheriff Michael Smith
Upton County Sheriff’s Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, June 8, 2012
Tour of Duty: 2 years, 6 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: June 8, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Dan Brown
Upton County Sheriff’s Department
PO Box 27
Rankin, TX 79778
Phone: (432) 693-2422
Deputy Sheriff Mike Smith was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a fire at an oil tank battery just before 7:00 a.m.
He was traveling northbound on Route 349, north of Rankin, when an oil-field truck crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on.
Deputy Smith had served with the Upton County Sheriff’s Office for two years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and a daughter.
The Upton County Sheriff’s Office confirms that 44 year-old Deputy Michael Smith was killed in a crash.
Deputies tell us just before 7:00 am Friday, Smith was responding to the tank battery fire with the Rankin Fire Department.
They were traveling northbound on highway 349 when a semi-truck lost control and swerved into oncoming traffic, hitting Smith’s vehicle head-on.
The driver of the semi was taken to the hospital, but has been released.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
He is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.
DPS is investigating.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be made.
The Upton County Sheriff’s office sends their condolences to the family. Officials say he will be greatly missed.