DALLAS, Texas — The nine-year-old daughter of a Dallas police officer who died in last week’s sniper attacks is sharing the heart-wrenching story of the last time she spoke to her father.
Sgt. Michael Smith and four other officers were fatally shot during a protest against the police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Nine officers and two civilians were injured in the attack.
Smith’s daughter, Caroline, said her last conversation with her father came right before he left for work that day.
“He said to me, ‘what if this is the last time you ever kiss me or hug me?’,” said Caroline. “That’s probably the first time he said that.”
She said the goodbye “just felt different to me.”
“I felt something bad was going to happen,” she said.
CBS Local reports that Smith’s wife, Heidi, and their kids were called shortly after the shooting and told to head to the hospital. When they arrived, Smith was in surgery. He did not make it.
Smith was laid to rest on Wednesday.
He was a former U.S. Army Ranger known for his upbeat attitude and compassionate approach to others. He, his wife and their two daughters were members of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Farmers Branch, north of Dallas.
A public service was scheduled Thursday for Smith at a Dallas church where he worked security.
Smith was an Army Ranger before joining the Dallas police force in 1989. He once received a “Cops’ Cop” award from the Dallas Police Association.