Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith Dallas Police Department, Texas End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith | Dallas Police Department, TexasDallas Police Department, Texas

Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 55
Tour of Duty: 27 years
Badge Number: 6141

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 7, 2016
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Killed by officers

Agency Contact Information

Chief David Brown
Dallas Police Department
1400 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: (214) 671-4065

Sergeant Michael Smith, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, and Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa of the Dallas Police Department, and Police Officer Brent Thompson of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.
As the protesters walked down Main Street between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.
The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department’s Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man’s location using a robot and detonated it.
Sergeant Smith was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Smith, 55, was a 26-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, according to NBC affiliate KPRC and Mary Immaculate Catholic School, where his wife is a teacher.

The school was holding a prayer gathering for the Smith family and for Dallas on Friday night, according to a statement from the school.

Smith had earned multiple awards during his more than two decades on the force, according to a 2009 Dallas Police Department newsletter, in which Smith was honored.

Smith "comes to work with a positive attitude and strives for excellence," the newsletter said, adding that he worked with "at risk" children and once took a slashing to the head in an effort to shield his partner.

"Service was more than a job 4 him, it was a way of life. We need more Mike’s," former American Idol contestant Jason Castro, who said he attended Smith’s church, wrote on Twitter Friday.

Lamar University, Smith’s alma mater, also expressed condolences Friday. "The Lamar University community is deeply saddened by the tragic news that alumnus Michael Smith was one of the police officers killed in the Dallas shooting last night," the Beaumont, Texas, school said in a statement.

Smith had two children, according to KPRC.

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