J.C. Patrolman David W. Smith’s Ultimate Sacrifice Not Forgotten
A somber anniversary is being marked in Johnson City.
March 31, 2014, Village Police Officer David “D.W.” Smith was killed by a deranged man when he responded to an incident at Southern Tier Imaging on Hudson Street across from Wilson Hospital.
The 43-year-old veteran police officer was shot with his own weapon before he was able to get out of his patrol car at the scene by 43-year-old James Clark.
The man, who was employed at the Imaging facility, was shot and fatally wounded by other responding officers.
Following the shootings, police and Clark’s coworkers were at a loss to explain what caused the MRI technician to act so irrationally.
Officer Smith had served with the Johnson City Police Department for 18-and-a-half years.
In May of 2016, the North Arch Street Bridge was renamed the Patrolman David W. Smith Junior Bridge in memory of the fallen officer.
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