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Deputy Sheriff Hoke B. Smith | Columbus County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Columbus County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Hoke B. Smith

Columbus County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 13, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/31/1929

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years

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Deputy Sheriff Hoke Smith succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained five months earlier when four men came to his house, abducted him, and shot him. The murder was in retaliation for Deputy Smith's involvement in a raid on an illegal whiskey still.

The four suspects all pleaded guilty to second degree murder and were sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison. One was paroled on January 10, 1936. Another escaped from prison in October of 1930 and was captured in April of 1933 in Oklahoma. He escaped again on April 12, 1939, but was quickly recaptured. He was paroled on February 13, 1943.

Deputy Smith was survived by his wife, three sons, and five daughters.

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Bless this Man's dedicated service to his community. He was my Grandfather. RIP. You will never be forgotten.

Pat Crowder
December 8, 2017


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