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Sheriff J. Henry Smith | Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California

Sheriff

J. Henry Smith

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Friday, December 22, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed in 1907

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Sheriff Henry Smith was shot and killed in a county courthouse by a man who had just been committed to a state asylum.

The man had been arrested the previous day but had never been searched. After the judge signed the commitment papers the suspect tried to leave the judge's chambers. When the sheriff tried to stop him the man suddenly turned around and shot the sheriff and then fired at the judge.

The suspect was eventually apprehended. He was convicted of first degree murder and hanged at San Quentin Prison on June 14th, 1907.

Sheriff Smith was survived by his wife and four children.

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Rest in Peace, Sheriff Smith. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 15, 2012

 

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