Retired B’ham officer shot in line of duty 25 years ago dies after fall at home

Retired B’ham officer shot in line of duty 25 years ago dies after fall at home
Retired Birmingham police officer Randall Smith died on December 29. (Source: Birmingham PD)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Birmingham Police Department announced a memorial service will be held January 2 at 11 a.m. at Waldrop Stadium in Homewood. The service is open to the public.

Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates confirmed that Randall Versie Smith died on Dec. 29 after a fall at home.

Smith, a retired Birmingham police officer, was shot in the head in 1995 while on duty. Yates says the gunshot wound caused significant trauma that resulted in decreased mobility, which was a contributing factor in the fall.

Smith lived in Vestavia Hills and was transported to UAB Hospital following the fall.

On March 22, 1995, Smith and other officers responded to a domestic dispute in Ensley, when Smith, in his seventh year on the force, rescued a toddler from the scene involving a person with a gun. On the call, Smith was accidentally wounded by a fellow officer. Due to his injuries, he was unable to return to service.

Smith medically retired from the Birmingham Police Department on February 2, 1996.

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