November 24, 2014

Christopher Smith - Law Enforcement - Leon County, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith, age 47, died in the line of duty on November 22, 2014, at a house in Tallahassee, Florida. 
Chris Smith

Deputy Smith was a member of the Leon County Sheriff's Office.  He had almost 6 years of service with the department. 

Deputy Smith and Deputy Colin Wulfekuhl had responded at about 10:22 a.m. to reports of a house fire at a Tallahassee residence. Deputy Smith was approached from behind by a male who shot and killed him without warning. 

The shooter, Curtis Wade Holley, age 53, then took Chris' firearm and started shooting at other responders including city police officers and firefighters. 

Deputy Colin Wulfekuhl was also shot and wounded.  

Curtis Holley was shot and killed after an estimated 12 or 13 minutes of gunfire between him and law enforcement officers. He was known to local authorities as being anti-government and anti-police.  It is speculated that he set his own house on fire hoping to kill as many law enforcement officers as he could. 

Chris had previously served as a dispatcher and as a corrections officer.

Chris' funeral will be held at the Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee. 
Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Chris and for those who have lost him.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered.

Chris' loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Chris is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and two children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Chris.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers.

Pray that Chris is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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