Officer Smith had been dispatched to do a report on an assault that had occurred earlier that day. The male suspect had left the location but returned unexpectedly while Officer Smith was speaking with the victim and the victim's 11-year-old daughter. The suspect pulled out a gun and began shooting.
Officer Smith positioned herself between the suspect and the 11-year-old child. She, heroically, saved the child but received a fatal gunshot wound. The suspect killed the victim before killing himself.
Officer Smith had been with the Arlington Police Department for 10 months. She will be greatly missed by her department, family, and all who knew her. Her dedication to law enforcement and service to her community will never be forgotten.
Arlington Police Department
End of Watch:
Tuesday, December 28, 2010