Trooper Steven R. Smith
February 9, 2006
Trooper Steve Smith was shot by an armed man at a cemetery near Bernice, Oklahoma. On April 25th, 1999, Trooper Eddie Rose and Grove Police Department responded to a reported homicide where a body was found in the cemetery. Shortly after they arrived on the scene, an armed man confronted them. The officers directed him to surrender his weapon but he refused. Trooper Smith and the Delaware County Sheriff arrived to assist and during a struggle with the suspect, both officers were wounded from shots fired by the suspect. The suspect, Carlton Davis, then shot and killed himself. Trooper Smith suffered a gunshot to the neck and the injuries left him permanently and totally disabled. The shooting forced Trooper Smith to take medical retirement in 2000. Trooper Smith's injuries that day ultimately resulted in his death.