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Detective Corporal Charles Eugene Smith, II | Beckley Police Department, West Virginia Beckley Police Department, West Virginia

Detective Corporal

Charles Eugene Smith, II

Beckley Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years, 6 months

Badge # 220

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Corporal Charles Smith was shot and killed as he and another officer participated in an undercover narcotics purchase on South Fayette Street at approximately 4:00 am.

During the purchase one of the suspects opened fire, fatally wounding Corporal Smith.

Two suspects were apprehended a short time later and charged with first degree murder. Both were subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Corporal Smith had served with the Beckley Police Department for 5.5 years. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

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Laying here trying to sleep but I can't get you off my mind. You will never be forgotten by your BPD brothers. Your legend lives on and the Chucky Smith stories are still told frequently around the station. My kids know your name and can recognize your picture even though they never got the opportunity to meet you. You are deeply missed!

Detective Lieutenant David S. Allard
Beckley Police Department
September 26, 2017


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