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Deputy Sheriff Carlton Edmund Smith | Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff

Carlton Edmund Smith

Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 6, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 15

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/6/1965

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: Died in prison

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Deputy Carlton Smith was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle for speeding in the Valley River Center area. During the stop, two suspects exited the vehicle and shot him seven times. The suspects were escapees from the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Two days earlier, the pair robbed a Tigard, Oregon, motel and raped the owner. The next day they robbed a Portland bank. After they killed Deputy Smith, they kidnapped a woman and her 12 year-old son and forced them to drive to Marion Forks where they stole a truck and took four more people hostage. The suspects then drove to Sacramento, California, where they released all six hostages unharmed. The next day they broke into a Sacramento home, kidnapped a couple, and forced them along with their 19 month-old daughter, to drive them to Nevada. They later released them unharmed and surrendered to police.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder and kidnapping and sentenced to two life terms. On May 17, 1974, one of the suspects escaped from the Oregon Penitentiary. He fled to Washington with a pair of elderly hostages whom he killed near Spokane. Four weeks later he was shot and critically wounded by a police officer near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, after a standoff. He received two life sentences for murdering the elderly couple and a 75 year term for kidnapping. He died in prison April 27, 2005. The other suspect died in prison September 21, 2004.

Deputy Smith had served with the Lane County Sheriff's Department for only 2 weeks and had previously served with the Springfield Police Department for 2 years. He is survived by his wife and six children. One of his sons went on to also serve with the Lane County Sheriff's Department. Another son also became a police officer.

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I joined Lane Co. Sheriffs Dept. in 1963 ( during Sheriff Harry Marlowe & Under Sheriff , Capt. Ron Eggleston reign ) and was assigned to graveyard shift the night Carlton was shot & killed by Boles & Grey during a traffic stop on the approach to cross over Delta Hwy. from Country Club Rd. Lt. Howard Kershner ( deceased ) was called to assist Carlton & heard the gunfire as Carlton was sitting in his cruiser transmitting on the radio , later determined that Boles ran back to the unit's open drivers door & emptied a 9mm German luger on Carlton's left side ( none of which caused the fatal wounds according to the autopsy ) instead the maggot Grey ran to the passenger side , (which Carlton was possibly attempting to exit while being shot) , with a sawed off 12 ga. shotgun shooting through the window and hitting Carlton between the shoulder blades killing him instantly ! Every able Law Enf. Personnel available on & off duty volunteered to search through out the night & most of the following day until it was learned the two maggots abducted a couple in Spfld. in their motor home & fled to Calif. ( which John Kilcullen mentioned in his "reflections " previous to this one ) RIP Carlton Smith & Chris Kilcullen , YOUR IN GOD'S HANDS NOW , WITHOUT A WORRY !!

Ron Ridings / PTL. SGT. / D. A. Criminal
Former Lane C0. Sheriffs Ofc. / DA's Ofc.
November 13, 2014

 

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