It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of 70th Precinct Police Officer Michael Smith. [Update – Funeral information: The wake will be held at Duffy’s Funeral Home on 3/9 & 3/10, 2pm–5pm & 7pm–9pm. The funeral will be held on Saturday, 3/11 at Holy Name Church 245 Prospect Park West at 10am.]
Smith, 47, was off duty when he shot himself at his Manhattan Beach apartment on Tuesday March 7 around 4pm, said police sources. His girlfriend and her parents were reportedly in the apartment at the time.
He left a suicide note behind, sources told the NY Daily News.
Officer Mike Smith served in the 70th Precinct for about 23 years, including his work as as auxiliary coordinator and community affairs officer.
“Sergeant Smith was a beloved member of the whole community in which he served,” wrote community member Peter Fradman.
He offered a steady and positive — if quiet — presence at community council meetings and the precinct office.
“The range of characters that walk through the door at Community Affairs with all the anger, confusion and complications, is extremely trying on the staff,” said Nathan Thompson, secretary precinct community council.
“The job requires an eternally upbeat, patient and positive character. Mike was always that guy. He treated everyone equally and was liked by all.”
“He was a genuinely nice person and really cared about the community,” said Lauren Collins of the Church Avenue BID. “Always on the quiet side but he was chatty the several times I saw him over the past few months. He will be missed. ”
We offer our sincere condolences to Smith’s colleagues at the 70th Precinct, his family, and friends. We will keep you updated on memorial services and other opportunities to express condolences. Please reach out to us at [email protected] with any information that could help the community.