June 6, 2016

Verdell Smith - Police Officer Fatality - Memphis Tennessee

Verdell Smith
Police Officer, Verdell Smith, age 46, died in the line of duty on June 4, 2016, at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Officer Smith was a member of the Memphis Police Department. He had 18 years of service.

Police Officer Verdell Smith was struck and killed by a vehicle whose driver had been involved in a triple shooting incident 30 minutes earlier.

The shooter, who had been seen talking to himself loudly, suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot two customers outside of a restaurant on North Main Street shortly before 10:00 pm. Several citizens then chased the man on foot a short distance to a sporting goods store parking lot, where the man shot an employee and fled in a car, as officers arrived on the scene.

Responding officers pursued the vehicle, which started driving the wrong way down
Angels of God, pray for Verdell and
for those who have lost him.
B. B. King Boulevard, which had been closed to vehicle traffic for a street festival. As the pursuit entered the area that Officer Smith and other officers were clearing the street and sidewalks of pedestrians, the vehicle crashed through a barrier and struck Verdell Smith.

A funding site has been set up to help the family with expenses.

The erratic man, Justin Welch, age 21, was taken into custody after striking Officer Smith. He was charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of murder.

The Memphis Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a good guy who did his job. He formed a program for juvenile offenders to deter young kids from crime.He was really connected to the community. He will be forever remembered.

Verdell's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a good man who helped others. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Verdell is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his father, his fiancée, and 3 children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Verdell. 

Pray for justice for Verdell. 

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 psychopaths. They are killing us. Father. Amen.

Pray that Verdell is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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