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Night Watchman Elijah Columbus Smith | Byars Police Department, Oklahoma Byars Police Department, Oklahoma

Night Watchman

Elijah Columbus Smith

Byars Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Sunday, June 27, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 68

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Watchman Elijah Smith was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery at a local hardware store.

The suspect, who was an escaped convict from a Texas prison, was apprehended by officers in Blytheville, Arkansas, a week later while trying to rob a beer truck. He was convicted of Watchman Smith's murder and sentenced to life.

On October 8, 1941, he and three inmates attempted to escape from the Oklahoma Penitentiary. His three inmate companions, Warden Jess Dunn, and Deputy Sheriff William A. Ford of the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office were shot and killed. He was convicted of Warden Dunn's murder and executed in the electric chair July 14, 1943.

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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
July 4, 2015


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