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Chief of Police Samuel Henderson Smith | LaFollette Police Department, Tennessee LaFollette Police Department, Tennessee

Chief of Police

Samuel Henderson Smith

LaFollette Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, May 14, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/13/1914

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Chief Smith was shot and killed while attempting to break up a disturbance. A group of men had been arguing and shouting in front of a local church just before midnight. As Chief Smith attempted to quell the group one of the men opened fire, fatally shooting him in the chest.

The chief was taken to a nearby furniture store where two doctors provided aide. He succumbed to his wound shortly after midnight.

The suspect who shot Chief Smith fled the scene.

Chief Smith had served with the agency for 1 month. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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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 14, 2015


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