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Deputy Sheriff Joe Smith, Jr. | Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Joe Smith, Jr.

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, January 5, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1988

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Deputy Joe Smith was shot and killed by a hitchhiker while giving directions to a truck driver.

The truck driver had picked up the hitchhiker. While Deputy Smith sat in his patrol car the suspect exited the truck and shot him in the head. The suspect then stole Deputy Smith's patrol car and wrecked it while being pursued by police. The suspect fled on foot into a residential area and was captured minutes later.

There was no motive for the murder. The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison April 1, 1974. He was paroled July 8, 1988.

Deputy Smith had served with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office For Two Years. He had retired from the United States Air Force two years ealier. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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I was with the Fayetteville Police Department in 1974, I attended your Funeral , to this day I have not forgotten you, 401truck stop has been torn down. Rest in peace.

Sgt R. Hammacher
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office N.C.
March 24, 2013


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