BREAKING: Police Officer Found Dead

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Kentucky State Police have announced that a missing police officer was discovered dead in a flooded field early Saturday morning, hours after he went missing Friday evening.

Hickman Police Officer Rodney Smith, 45, of Boaz, Kentucky was found around 5 AM Saturday morning, WPSD 6 reported.

His body was found in the flooded field off Bernal Avenue in Hickman. His police cruiser was also found there. Smith was pronounced dead by the Fulton County Coroner and an autopsy will be done by the State Medical Examiner’s office on Saturday.

It’s unclear how Smith was separated from his car, FOX News reports.

Smith, of Boaz, Ken., was last seen Friday night while on duty. He was declared dead at the scene, KFVS reported.

From the KY Dept of Criminal Justice Training Facebook page:

“Our hearts are broken this morning by the loss of Hickman Police Officer Rodney Smith. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family, as well as the Hickman Police Department family and community in this time of loss.”

KY Dept of Criminal Justice Training shared Docjt Class 417‘s post.

“It’s with a heavy heart to write that we’ve lost a brother in the line of duty, especially a Academy mate. Rodney Smitty Smith, the oldest in class 417 but he never showed any weakness. The details on the east side of the state, all I know Smitty was over taken by flood waters in his Patrol unit while on duty. He was recovered early this morning @ around 0500 03/03/2018. Smitty was loved by his family, friends and especially by his brother and sisters in blue! Please Rest In Peace Rodney! We will take it from here!”

It’s with a heavy heart to write that we’ve lost a brother in the line of duty, especially a Academy mate. Rodney Smitty…

Posted by Docjt Class 417 on Saturday, March 3, 2018

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service.





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