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N.Y. Officer Shot and Killed With Own Weapon, Suspect Dead

March 31, 2014  | 

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Officer David Smith had just started his Monday patrol shift, when at 7:03 a.m., he was dispatched to a disturbance at Southern Tier Imaging on Harrison Street, reports

Within three minutes, there was a second 911 call of shots fired.

In that time, Smith had pulled up on the scene when he was approached from behind by a man running and yelling with his arms in the air, leaving Southern Tier Imaging. He then reached into Smith’s vehicle and wrestled away the officer’s .40 caliber duty weapon in a struggle.

Outside the building near the UHS Wilson Medical Center campus, 43-year-old Smith was fatally shot twice with his own duty weapon. He was pronounced dead within an hour.

Comments (16)

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Leland Keane @ 3/31/2014 4:44 PM

RIP Officer David Smith

Colin Mills @ 3/31/2014 5:18 PM

Yet another ultimate sacrifice by a true hero

Kevin LoRe @ 3/31/2014 5:45 PM

R.I.P. BROTHER IN BLUE. Our prays go out to your family.

Jose Escobar @ 3/31/2014 6:12 PM

My condolences to the Smith family. May God bless you all in this time of grief. May He provide you with comfort in this time of mourning. R.I.P Brother Smith.

Jose Escobar @ 3/31/2014 6:14 PM

May God bless the Smith family in this time of grief. May He also provide comfort in this time of mourning. RIP Brother Smith.

Charlie @ 3/31/2014 6:15 PM

Peace Brother, prayers to your family.

George @ 3/31/2014 8:31 PM

Officer David W Smith, In God's eyes there is no greater price that a man shall pay than be willing to lay down his life for another. Your shift on earth is finished, your new one begins with a walk down the golden street God made for you. The peace. the beauty and the people you find there are your reward and those whom you love here will follow. Brother of the Shield, we too, will be with you soon. For now, God abides with your family

[email protected] @ 3/31/2014 9:15 PM

Damn I'm getting tired of burying Heroes. What the devil is going on? Blues, Stay Safe.

MikeAT @ 4/1/2014 12:19 AM


TheRookie @ 4/1/2014 2:28 AM

R.I.P. Officer D.W. Smith. It is a reminder that all of you active duty L.E.O's. must always be on the watch for these types of sh_t heads. Please be careful out there and watch all your clocks. Mainly your 6 O'clocks. May you be safe Brothers/Sisters in Uniform and be able to retire as I was. May God be with this Officer's Family, Agency Family, & Friends.

Steven Ross @ 4/1/2014 7:30 AM

No greater gift is there than to lay your life down for another. Blessed are those who mourn and my your family receive the peace of God during this time of blessing. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice. You are a true hero.

Terri Roberts @ 4/1/2014 3:41 PM

My heart goes out to the Smith family. It is always so sad to see those who are there to protect us lose their life trying to save ours. And People say law enforcement officers are over paid. If the make it to retirement they are lucky. My closest friend did, but I read this and think how lucky her son was that she never got injured on the job. My prayers are with the Smith family.

Vivian Lawrence @ 4/1/2014 5:52 PM

Rest in Peace! May god hold you forever in his arms! Prayers and heartfelt thoughts to the family and friends of this true hero.

matt @ 4/2/2014 12:57 AM


Take care of eachother. Watch your backs. Think/behave tactically.
This kind of thing seems to be increasing. "Be sober, be vigilant. Your enemy, the devil, stalks around you like a lion, seeking whom he may devour."

Thouhts and prayers to his family & fellows.

S.S. @ 4/5/2014 1:44 PM

May you r.i.p Officer Smith. May God watch over your family and your brothers and sisters in blue. I encourage his dept. to watch over the family, and not forget Officer Smith as time goes by. Watch over his family especially the children. If there is an account set up for the Smith family would you plese put that information out.

James Cox @ 4/7/2014 10:50 AM

One of my academy classmates was killed with his own weapon. His vest was in his squad car where he had placed it after taking it off following rolecall inspection. He then caught his last call, an in-progress B&E!

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