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Suspect in custody after police officer involved shooting on Reifert Street


Zone 3 Officers were sent to a house in the 200 block of Reifert Street for a domestic violence call on Saturday, July 25, at approximately 7:55 a.m.

There, the officers encountered Charles Smith, 34, who had been involved in an overnight burglary at the victim’s home. Officers attempted to take Mr. Smith into custody, but he resisted arrest and escaped. A Taser was deployed by the officers without success.

Later that morning at approximately 11:36 a.m., Officer Juan Terry observed Mr. Smith walking on Roll Way and enter a different home in the 200 block of Reifert Street. The officer entered the home and observed the suspect packaging narcotics inside the home.

Officer Terry confronted Mr. Smith and deployed his Taser, which proved to be ineffective and defeated by the suspect when he pulled the Taser prongs out of his back.

The officer then drew his firearm and ordered Mr. Smith several times to get on the ground. The suspect began taking several lunging steps toward the officer and his firearm.

Officer Terry retracted his firearm and gave several more commands for Mr. Smith to surrender. Fearing Mr. Smith would disarm him, Officer Terry fired one shot, hitting the floor. Mr. Smith immediately surrendered and was taken into custody. There were no injuries.

Mr. Smith faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, burglary, escape, possession with intent to deliver and multiple misdemeanor charges.


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