Police: Ex-con shot, killed by cops had lengthy criminal past

Police: Ex-con shot, killed by cops had lengthy criminal past (Image 1)

Five Metro police officers remain on routine administrative assignment Monday night after opening fire and killing an ex-con Friday.

Aaron Smith Jr. was shot after he reportedly threatened a Smyrna police detective with a gun, carjacked a woman and displayed a weapon on Elliston Place in a threatening manner.

Smith was the focus of a News 2 Investigation last week, just days before the deadly shooting.

Police have since determined the unidentified man who stole a 74-year-old woman's purse from a funeral home and used stolen credit cards at a CVS, Walmart and gas station was Smith.

Smith also has a long criminal history, including theft and auto burglary in Williamson County and, according to the Department of Correction, was sentenced to 10 years on burglary charges in 2009 before being paroled in 2013.

His longtime girlfriend and fiancé, who did not want to be identified, said Smith was a good man, but he was not going to go back to prison.

“My fiancé was a nice guy,” she said. “He'd give you the shirt off his back and stuff, but he had a sickness. As far as being bad, he wasn't bad. He already said he was not going back to the [penitentiary]. He said if they did they would have to kill him [because] he wasn't going back. He already told me that.”

No other injuries were reported in Friday's crime spree.

Prior to his death, Smith had outstanding warrants in Nashville for felony evading arrest and vehicle burglary.

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