SOUTH CHARLESTON – On December 13, 2011, at approximately 7:15pm, Senior Trooper J. M. Comer and Corporal R. H. Green, of the Quincy Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, responded to a Metro 911 call of an officer down at 209 ½ Glass Fire Lane, in Glasgow, West Virginia. The Troopers learned that Officer Steven W. Smith of the Glasgow Police Department was shot while responding to a burglary complaint at the same address. The suspect, Mr. Nickey Don Smith, II, was still on the scene, inside the residence when the Troopers arrived.
With the assistance of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, the residence was cleared and the crime scene was processed. The weapon used in the commission of the crime, a sawed off shotgun, was recovered inside the residence. Mr. Nicky Don Smith, II was arrested for malicious wounding and transported to the South Central Regional Jail to await arraignment in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Officer Smith was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center.
“Yesterday, national media outlets and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported that the number of police officers who have died in the line of duty in 2011 has increased 14% nationwide from last year. Incidents like this in Glasgow remind us that regardless of the relatively low crime rate in our state, law enforcement remains a dangerous profession. Budget cuts and increased mandates result in agencies doing more with less available resources. Adding to the daily challenges faced by law enforcement is a growing disdain for officers among a small segment of our society who subscribe to moral relativism. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Smith as he begins his road to recovery.”– Colonel C. R. “Jay” Smithers
A press conference will be conducted today at 2:00pm, at the South Charleston Detachment. Any further questions or requests for interviews should be directed to either First Sergeant J. C. Lee at 304-558-7777 or Senior Trooper J. M. Comer at 304-949-3136.