Hero Down: Wisconsin DOC Sergeant Tracey Smith Murdered By Road-Raging Motorist

Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sergeant Tracey Smith served her agency for 23 years.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) Sergeant Tracey Smith was fatally shot by a road-raging motorist as she was teaching her 17-year-old son how to drive on Aug. 30.

“That was a real weak man move to sit there and shoot a lady in front of her son,” her sister, Sherri Luckett, told WTMJ.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m., as the teen and his 47-year-old mother were waiting to make a left-hand turn at the intersection of 51st Street and Capitol Drive, WISN reported.

Another motorist, later identified as 35-year-old Matthew Wilks, suddenly veered into their lane and slammed into them.

According to Sgt. Smith’s family, a confrontation ensued after she got out to check on the damage to her vehicle, WTMJ reported.

Her son said that when Sgt. Smith began talking to Wilks, he threatened to kill her, then pulled out a gun and shot her in the chest, according to WISN.

As Wilks fled the scene, the boy loaded his mother into their car and rushed her to the hospital, WTMJ reported.

She later died of her wounds.

Police arrested Wilks on Monday, and he has since been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, according to WISN.

"I don't know what to say, but I know one thing,” Sgt. Smith’s father, Ollie Luckett, told the news outlet. “The way my daughter lost her life – it wasn't right. It ain't right.”

Luckett said that his daughter was “a beautiful person” who “knew how to treat people,” WISN reported.

“She knew how to talk to people,” he said. “She was wonderful.”

Sgt. Smith was a 23-year veteran of the Wisconsin DOC, and was assigned to the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility at the time of her murder, the Journal Sentinel reported.

"The Department of Corrections family is mourning the tragic death of Sergeant Tracey Smith, who passed away from a senseless act of violence on Friday," DOC Secretary Kevin Carr told the news outlet on Tuesday.

"Sgt. Smith courageously served Wisconsin communities for 23 years as a member of the DOC, and her contributions to the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility will be felt long after her passing,” Carr continued. "Today, I want to express my sincere condolences and stand in solidarity with Sgt. Smith's family, friends and co-workers."

Sgt. Smith leaves behind her two sons, as well as her parents and sister.

"She went to work every day," her mother, JoAnne Luckett, told WITI. "She made a life for her and her sons…It’s just not right.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sergeant Tracey Smith, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (73)
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sbuckner021
sbuckner021

this POS deserves to be drawn, quartered and deposited back into the gutter he crawled out of.

flybynight
flybynight

Such a senseless tragedy.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Rest in peace, Sergeant Smith. Such an awful tragedy for your sons, but most of all, the one who had to witness your murder. May God comfort your family, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service to your state.

Justretired
Justretired

RIP sister

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Road rage escalates quickly. this guy was either crazy or drunk, or both. I'm sure you all have heard the saying "An eye for an eye". Today the justice system dishes out free room and board, social activities and 0 deductible, zero copay healthcare to people that murder others for a very long time at the taxpayer's expense. Screw the liberal mindset that killers need to be coddled. Anyone who intentionally takes a life like that should be executed within 30 days. Bernie wants the prison population reduced by 50&%, well this is a great place to start! Not only will it clear thousands (maybe millions) , but the deterrent effect will keep people from going to jail in the first place, because they don;t like the odds.

TXbird-mom
TXbird-mom

My sincerest condolences go out to DOC Sergeant Smith's sons and family. I honestly hope they bury this POS under the jail by the time they get finished with him. F'n coward.

Sailor
Sailor

Very sad.

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

What a cowardice sick dirtbag! RIP to Sergeant Smith, and prayers for her family to get through these most difficult days, and years, ahead. Senseless act. I’m sick and tired of having my taxes pay for rotten filth like this. Housing, food, computer use, and some are now getting sex-change ops at we the people’s expense! The filth needs to join the devil in the bowels of hell. No getting out of jail card. Judges, lawyers... do your damn jobs! It’s not any wonder why our good men and women of law enforcement are committing suicide at such high rates. They are taunted by thugs, which includes politicians, HollowWood, gangs, and disrespected by the last president and his puppets. They are shot at and killed in various situations of road rage, traffic stops, even while quietly doing their paperwork after shift changes and they never know if they will return home to their loved ones. The stress has to be unbelievable. They are under scrutiny 24:7. And it seems often these days, the perp is made to look like the innocent one. I don’t know how our LEO’s continue to sign up and join this high anxiety profession. We need to show the officers in line at the quick marts, (pay for their coffee) fast food places, restaurants, ( pay for their meal) even at the stoplights with a thumbs up, and a smile, that we appreciate their dedication and courage to keep us safe. And for those of us who are believers, we must pray continuously for them and their families. It’s a sick world out there!

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

What a punk to shoot a lady over a car accident. This is why I'm armed 24-7 365. No matter where I am, I have my back up on my person. This guy deserves to be handcuffed to a bumper and driven around until he falls apart.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Who is the idiot who allowed his gun to be stolen? He should be in dock next to Wilks.

Kmcwilliams116
Kmcwilliams116

AMEN !

bryantrent
bryantrent

What a jerk she was teaching her son how to drive he got angry and shot here life in prison for him

Alanncpd
Alanncpd

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sgt. Tracey Smith family .... from your brothers and sisters in South Carolina.

DocRyder
DocRyder

This appears to be something other than road rage. Regardless, I hope he fires.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Death penalty for this ass.

flybynight
flybynight

Who's the idiot that took something that didn't belong to them and then used it to commit a crime? Who's the idiot that thinks the person that had something stolen from them is at fault here? Who's the idiot that thinks guns just magically jumps into the thugs hand and magically makes him use it? Why we all know who, it's boogers and his bubble boy brigade.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Very sad story. If they need people to execute this POS, I'd gladly volunteer.

vwiles34
vwiles34

I hope they put this POS in the same facility she worked in. I'm sure he'll get a warm welcome.

Hoops
Hoops

Drown that POS

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The usual suspect. Why am I not surprised?

VicG
VicG

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace...

CinGuz
CinGuz

May her family find peace during this difficult time.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Similar thing happened to me while teaching my daughter how to drive.. Nutcase whiskey tango blocked the road got out to confront us calling her nasty names.. My 380 convinced him to leave.. Always always always be armed.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Wow... I thought given his name he might be white but its yet another hyper violent black male

Lochemet
Lochemet

This is beyond comprehension. I truly hope that there will be proper recourse for this murder.

George ziegler
George ziegler

Shoot the POS in the face with 12 gauge!

Mimi54
Mimi54

Omg! No one is safe anymore . Nothing wrong with her getting out to check damage! Her poor son may not ever want to drive after all he endured trying to save his mom. Straight to jail for, firing squad, we need to not feed these angry people. So sorry for the family.

Macgizzard
Macgizzard

It’s time to tell the courts NO MORE and end the life swiftly of useless animals like this pos. No more sitting in jail, no more rights, no more life. There are lines crossed that deserve nothing more than a swift execution.

Wwolfwp
Wwolfwp

Her sister needs to grow up and stop the feminazi b.s. This had nothing to do with gender, this was a sick twisted individual who committed this crime. Remember when that woman executed that 12 year old boy by tying him to a tree and setting him on fire? Was that a "real weak woman move"? Nope, it was just another sick individual committing murder.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

An attack on Blue is an attack on You. Hell always collects on the evil it loans

Gunrnr
Gunrnr

I hope this POS serves his life sentence at the pen where Sgt. Smith worked.

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called SON'S/DAUGHTER'S of GOD. Matthew 5:9

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Black again what a shock

Musicray
Musicray

What a waste... so many crazy people..