Former courier, state trooper faces multiple criminal charges

Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 2:37pm

A man shot by police last April in a West End parking garage after he allegedly defrauded a Nashville law firm now faces an 11-count indictment.

This week a Davidson County grand jury indicted Michael Joseph Smith III on credit card fraud, identity theft, vandalism, reckless endangerment, assault of a Metro police officer and attempted first-degree murder charges.

Smith, at the time working as a courier for a company called DTI, according to police, allegedly used a credit card from the law firm Wyatt Tarrant & Combs to pay for airfare, a hotel room and his cell phone bill.

On April 28, 2010, Officer Chad Barth attempted to arrest Smith, 53, in the parking garage at 2525 West End Ave. on a fraud charge when police said Smith got into his car and tried to flee.

Barth grabbed Smith through the open driver-side door as Smith allegedly backed out of the parking space, knocking Barth down and away from the car. Barth shot Smith once in the chest, causing Smith to crash his car into another one.

Smith is currently being in jail in lieu of $125,000 bond.

Police said at the time of his arrest that Smith was a former Florida state trooper as well as a convicted sex offender.    

1 Comment on this post:

By: AmyLiorate on 2/7/11 at 9:04

With a state trooper like that, and all the other scandals we've seen in recent years with THP and other agencies, does it scare anyone that Lt Gov. Ron Ramsey want's to let cops take your DNA?

Without seeing a judge or any higher authority or overlook your 4th amendment rights will be sacrificed in the name of saving a bit of time! So much for innocent until proven guilty, what next? Searching your home without a warrant?