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Deputy Sheriff Earl Smith | Pike County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Pike County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

Earl Smith

Pike County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 15, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 62

Tour: 35 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted on insanity plea

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Deputy Earl Smith was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant. The suspect's sister had the warrant taken out on the man. As Deputy Smith approached the back door the suspect fired through the screen, striking him. The suspect then shot him five more times. The suspect pled not guilty by reason of insanity and was acquitted.

Deputy Smith had been with the agency for 35 years and was survived by his wife, 12 children, and several grandchildren.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 15, 2015


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