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Deputy Sheriff D. Tom Smith | Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff

D. Tom Smith

Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Saturday, December 8, 1883

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Hanged

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Deputy Smith was shot and killed when he intervened in a robbery at a mercantile store in Bisbee. Five suspects arrived at the store. Two of them entered and three of them stayed outside and began firing their weapons to keep people away from the store. Three civilians were shot and killed as a result. Deputy Smith, hearing the shots, approached the scene and told the suspects he was a peace officer, but he was also shot and killed. The five suspects escaped but were eventually apprehended and hanged for the murder.

A sixth man, who was determined to be an insider on the posse that was sent to arrest them, was also arrested but hanged by a mob before he could be tried.

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Deputy Sheriff Smith,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cochise County.


United States Border Patrol
December 8, 2013


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