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Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Tracey Smith identified as Milwaukee mom shot and killed in road rage incident

A Milwaukee mother shot to death in a road rage incident Friday afternoon in front of her 17-year-old son has been identified as Tracey A. Smith, a sergeant with the State Department of Corrections.

Smith, 47, was teaching her 17-year-old son to drive when another driver hit them but when she got out to talk to the other driver– he pulled out a gun and shot her.

“This stemmed from a minor accident that occurred. The passenger of the vehicle that was hit got out and confronted the [driver] of the striking vehicle,” police said in a statement Monday. “Words were exchanged and the driver of the striking vehicle pulled out a firearm and shot the passenger.”

The boy attempted to drive Tracey to the hospital but she did not survive the attack.

Milwaukee police investigated the tragedy which started with a minor traffic accident at North 51st Street and West Capitol Drive and now has a 35-year-old man in custody pending formal charges.

“The Department of Corrections family is mourning the tragic death of Sergeant Tracey Smith, who passed away from a senseless act of violence on Friday,” Carr said in a statement.

“Sgt. Smith courageously served Wisconsin communities for 23 years as a member of the DOC, and her contributions to the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility will be felt long after her passing.

“Today, I want to express my sincere condolences and stand in solidarity with Sgt. Smith’s family, friends and co-workers.”

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