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Patrolman William Jefferson Smith | Charleston Police Department, West Virginia Charleston Police Department, West Virginia

Patrolman

William Jefferson Smith

Charleston Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 29, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/29/1948

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Suspect: Sentenced to 18 years

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Patrolman Smith was shot and killed by the wife of a man he was attempting to arrest. The suspect and her husband were arguing loudly and profanely on a street corner. Patrolman Smith attempted to arrest the man when his warning to be more quite was ignored. As he struggled with the man his wife shot him in the back of the head.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 to 18 years in the women's prison at Pence Springs March 4, 1949.

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Rest In Peace Patrolman Smith, your service and sacrifice is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L.Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections
September 29, 2013

 

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