On Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM, A-Town Crossfit is hosting a Memorial WOD (Workout of the Day) for Fallen Memphis Police Officer Verdell Smith. We will rally together in honor and memory of his service to our community, the city of Memphis and show our support to his family, friends, and brothers & sisters in blue.
~This event is open to the public. Suggested donation amount of $25 to participate. 100% of your donations will go to the family of Verdell Smith.
~The workout will be posted soon and will be suitable for ALL fitness levels. Feel free to just come walk or cheer on others! Please share with your friends and family!! We want as many people there as we can to show support to Officer Smith’s family and friends.
~If there are any businesses that would like to donate funds or post workout food items, please contact Kelly Babb at (901) 628-1786 or email@example.com.
**On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Police Officer Verdell Smith was struck and killed by a vehicle whose driver had been involved in a triple shooting approximately 30 minutes earlier.
The man, who had been seen talking to himself loudly, suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot two customers outside of a restaurant on North Main Street shortly before 10:00 pm. Several citizens then chased the man on foot a short distance to a sporting goods store parking lot, where the man shot an employee and fled in a car, as officers arrived on the scene.
Responding officers pursued the vehicle, which started driving the wrong way down B. B. King Boulevard, which had been closed to vehicle traffic for a street festival. As the pursuit entered the area Officer Smith and other officers attempted to clear the street and sidewalks of pedestrians, but the vehicle crashed through a barrier and struck him.
The man was taken into custody after striking Officer Smith. He was charged three counts of attempted murder and one count of murder.
Officer Smith had served with the Memphis Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his children, fiancee, and father.