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 Wylie E. Smith, Policeman

Wylie E. Smith

Sunday, August 23, 1925

Smith, Wylie E.

Rank: Policeman

Serial Number:Unknown

Division: Unknown

Location: 7th and Alameda

Date Killed: Sunday, August 23, 1925

Cause of Death: Shot by a Robbery Suspect

Bio: Officer Smith and his partner had just
started watch at the intersection of 7th St and Alameda Ave to
conduct traffic enforcement. Little did they know that minutes
earlier 4 armed men had committed a takeover robbery of a Bank at
9th and Santa Fe Ave. As the robbery suspects were making their
escape in an automobile they attracted the attention of Officer
Oscar Bayer. Officer Bayer was conducting traffic enforcement on
his department motorcycle in the area of the robbery and spotted a
speeding vehicle. As Ofcr Bayer approached the speeding vehicle a
citizen approached and yelled to Ofcr Bayer that the speeding
vehicle was full of bank robbers. As Ofcr Bayer was following the
vehicle the two men in the rear seat suddenly broke out the back
window and began firing with their handguns at Ofcr Bayer. Ofcr
Bayer returned fire while chasing the automobile. During the chase
Ofcr Bayer was struck in the left chest by a bullet, but it was
deflected by his ticket book and wallet. At the conclusion of the
chase Ofcr Bayer had 5 bullet holes in his jacket and had used
every round of ammunition on his body.

Ofcr Smith and his partner still unaware of the raging gun battle
approaching are standing at 7th and Alameda directing traffic,
until they hear a racing engine and the sound of gun fire. Within
seconds of hearing the approaching chase it is upon Ofcr Smith and
his partner. The two front passengers begin firing rifles at Ofcr
Smith and his partner as the rear two passengers continue to fire
at Ofcr Bayer following behind. In an instant Ofcr Smith is struck
in the chest and killed and his partners head gets grazed by
gunfire. The chase continues for two more miles until the robbers
and now murders of a Police Officer are trapped in heavy traffic.
Two suspects run on foot, while two stand and fight. The two
suspects that stay are both shot, one survives and is arrested, the
other dies from his injuries. The two suspects that escape are
later arrested and tried for the murder of Officer Smith.

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