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Sheriff Robert J. Smith | Fisher County Sheriff's Department, Texas Fisher County Sheriff's Department, Texas

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Robert J. Smith

Fisher County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, August 27, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Sheriff Robert Smith and Deputy Jake Owen were shot and killed after arresting two men for stealing seed cotton.

The officers allowed the men to go home and change before transporting them to jail. When the suspects exited their home they began shooting at the officers. Sheriff Smith was shot while still in his vehicle, the bullet striking in the back and going through his heart. Deputy Owen jumped from the vehicle but was gunned down by the suspects.

The shooting suspect in the killing of Sheriff Smith and Deputy Owen was sentenced to death, but was sent to a state mental hospital. He was declared sane, returned to prison and executed in the electric chair at the Texas State Prison in Huntsville in 1929. A second suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison but was paroled after serving 14 years.

Sheriff Smith had served with the agency for eight months. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Deputy Jake Owens
Fisher County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, August 27, 1927
Cause: Gunfire

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How can I find out more? This is a slightly different account if what I have in our family records and we are doing our best to gather as much information as possible along with references.
Sheriff Smith is my paternal grandfather. My father was his second child and only son. I wish I'd been able to meet him.

Linda Simpson
Grandaughter
October 23, 2016

 

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