Tennessee Police Officer Fatally Shot By Wife

Sandy Malone

Melissa Smith told police she fatally shot her husband, Red Bank Police Officer James "Chip" Smith, during an argument.

Kodak, TN – An off-duty Red Bank police officer was fatally shot by his wife during an argument on Saturday night.

Court documents said that police were called to the 3000-block of Winfield Dunn Parkway at about 7:23 pm on Feb. 1, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

Responding Sevierville police officers found 41-year-old Red Bank Police Officer James “Chip” Smith lying on his back on the lawn with a gunshot wound to his stomach.

Court records said that Officer Smith’s wife, 37-year-old Melissa Smith, was on the ground beside him holding her hands to his abdomen when police arrived, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

Officer Smith was transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center where he died.

Melissa Smith was taking to the Sevierville Police Department and questioned by investigators, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

She told police that she and her husband, who are both from Soddy Daisy, had been at the Old Tennessee Distillery Co. for about two hours earlier in the evening.

When they left the bar, she told police that she and Officer Smith began arguing in the car, according to the Chattanooga Free Press.

Melissa Smith told investigators that the fight escalated to the point where her husband pulled the car over into a parking lot.

Court documents said that Officer Smith and his wife got out of their vehicle and continued arguing.

That’s when Melissa Smith returned to the vehicle, grabbed a handgun, and shot her husband in the abdomen at point-blank range, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Police said Melissa Smith confessed to shooting Officer Smith.

Officers recovered a .380 semi-automatic pistol at the scene, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

Melissa Smith was arrested and booked into the Sevier County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

Tributes to the murdered officer began appearing on social media soon as news of his death became public, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

"Chip was both an on duty and off duty friend to many of us here at HCEMS, and we are devastated by the news of his death. Chip was also a well known individual in the Soddy Daisy community, and he will be mourned by many. Godspeed Brother,” the Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service wrote.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond posted a note of condolence of its official Facebook page that said Officer Smith was a former Hamilton County sheriff’s deputy.

“We are saddened by the loss of a fellow officer in such tragic circumstances,” Sheriff Hammond wrote. “Our hearts go out to Chief Seymour and our brothers in blue at the Red Bank Police Department during this very difficult time. Chip has served his community for many years as both a volunteer fireman and law enforcement officer. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

The Chattanooga Free Press reported that Officer Smith also previously served on the Chattanooga Police Department and the Soddy Daisy Police Department.

Comments (63)
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Woobie46
Woobie46

Hope she burns...but she looks like the type that might do quite well in prison. And her victim was a copper, so....

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

WAIT FOR IT! Next week she will start with the claim of "YEARS OF ABUSE" she has suffered at his hands! Bitch needs to get the death penalty.

Quasar704
Quasar704

@flybynight @Excalibr4 whites being whites?

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Bars + Alcohol = Trouble. Once again here is that legal liquid that makes people feel 10 feet tall & invincible with violent tendencies & a horrible hangover, and of course, an addictive & fatal drug as we all know. And yet many agencies have already told their sworn members if marijuana is legalized for personal consumption, you 'will not' be allowed to ingest it in any way. RIP Officer Smith — would rather you both been higher than a Georgia Pine with the munchies & laughing it up, than drunk and fighting and getting shot dead. RIP Brother.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@flybynight no "usual suspect" comment?

40% of cops...

Marxest
Marxest

A battered and abused wife fatally shoots her abusive deputy husband. I guess blue lives don't matter when it comes to spousal abuse.

Cyndeelouwho
Cyndeelouwho

Marxest- You have ZERO evidence to support your statement, so perhaps you should STFU

Accountability
Accountability

Domestic violence in the homes of police are 40%. You do the math

KimberlyHartfieldx8
KimberlyHartfieldx8

This is unfortunately very true. I was a victim for many years from my husband who was and still is a police officer. We have reconciled after several years of separation without further abuse. God changed him!

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Are friends of the husband doing the investigation here?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Alcohol and guns don't mix well.


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