Bio & Incident Details
Age: Not available
Tour: Not available
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber
Offender: Not available
Deputy Smith was killed while helping a McCloud constable transport a suspect he had arrested.
A McLoud constable had arrested a hitchhiker carrying a 30-30 Winchester rifle Who was AWOL from an Air Force Base in Kansas. The constable contacted Deputy Smith at his home to assist him in transporting the suspect to the county jail. Neither officer had noticed a .25 automatic pistol the suspect was carrying in a shoulder holster. As the constable drove to Shawnee with the deputy and prisoner in the back seat with his hands handcuffed in front of him.
One mile east of Dale on Highway 270, the suspect drew the weapon and shot Deputy Smith four times in the chest, leg and shoulders. The constable then wrecked the vehicle and the suspect jumped out. Deputy Smith got out of the wrecked police car and tried to pursue the suspect but collapsed in the roadway. A passing vehicle struck the deputy and dragged his body 30 feet before stopping. The suspect surrendered to the constable at the scene.
Deputy Smith was survived by his wife.