Sgt. Lee Smith of the Wayne County (MI) Sheriff's Office was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he jogged. (Photo: Wayne County SO)

Sgt. Lee Smith of the Wayne County (MI) Sheriff's Office was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he jogged. (Photo: Wayne County SO)

An off-duty Wayne County (MI) Sheriff's deputy was killed in a hit-and-run Tuesday morning

Sgt. Lee Smith was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he jogged in Hines Park, Westland police told Hometown Life.

The suspect is at large.

A 26-year veteran of the sheriff's department, Smith had filed paperwork to retire shortly. A Redford resident, he is survived by a wife and an adult son. Back in May, Smith was among officers who received a certificate of merit from the Westland Police Department honoring his efforts evacuating residents during a fire at the Taylor Towers senior citizen apartments.

"We've lost a hero," Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said.

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