Northeast Tarrant

Haltom man shot at Bedford Kroger was soon to be father of two,

Sam Smith with his wife, Alishia, and their daughter, Samantha, 2.
Sam Smith with his wife, Alishia, and their daughter, Samantha, 2.

A 28-year-old man who died Monday after he was shot at a Kroger in Bedford has a 2-year-old daughter, his wife said Tuesday, and the couple was expecting another child next month.

Sam Smith of Haltom City died at 5:46 p.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

Bedford police said the shooting happened shortly after 5 p.m. at the Kroger store, at 2109 Harwood Road. The suspect and Smith were discussing damage to the suspect’s car door, reportedly done by Smith, when the conversation went bad, police said in a news release.

The two told each other they each had guns and while the suspect was in his vehicle, Smith reportedly made a threatening move and reached behind his back. The suspect, who has a handgun license, told police he thought Smith was reaching for a gun and shot him, police said.

His wife, Alishia Smith, said he was shot five to six times from less than 5 feet away, with several shots hitting his face and chest.

It was later discovered that Smith did not have a gun.

The suspect was arrested at the scene and released Tuesday pending further investigation of probable cause, a news release said.

Alishia Smith, who had been married to the victim for three years, said they have a 2-year-old daughter, Samantha, and were expecting their second child next month.

Susan McFarland: 817-390-07984, @susanmcfarland1

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