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Special Agent Eldon L. Smith | Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent

Eldon L. Smith

Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Thursday, August 4, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Oregon

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Arrested and escaped

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Special Agent Eldon Smith was shot and killed during a shootout with a theft suspect in Hilgrad, Oregon. His body was found adjacent to the railroad tracks suffering from five gunshot wounds. He had also been stabbed and beaten.

The suspect was arrested a week later in Seattle, Washington, but escaped before he could stand trial.

Agent Smith was survived by his wife and three daughters.

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Though the murderous scum who took your life escaped, I have full faith that true justice found him at some point, either in this life, or the next. Your efforts to help protect one of America's greatest assets, it's railroads, makes you a true hero.

Railroad Police agencies seem to be slowly becoming a thing of the past, which is a travesty. For all of those who still serve to protect one of the main things that made America what it is today, and for all who preceded them, we, as a nation, owe our thanks.

God Bless you, Brother and may you continue to Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
August 4, 2015

 

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