Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years, 6 months
Badge # 220
Incident Date: 8/29/2006
Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber
Suspect: Sentenced to life
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.