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Deputy Sheriff Robert B. Smith | Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

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Robert B. Smith

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 23, 1908

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/22/1908

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Robert Smith and Deputy John Brooks were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on three men wanted for robbing a miner. He had deputized four men, including John Brooks, to assist with the arrests.

As Deputy Smith read the warrant to the three men one of them produced a handgun and opened fire, striking him in the abdomen. A shootout ensued between the three suspects and five officers in which Deputy Brooks and one of the suspects were killed.

The other two suspects fled the scene but were both quickly arrested. Deputy Smith succumbed to his wounds the following day.

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Deputized Civilian John Brooks
Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 22, 1908
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 103rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 23, 2011

 

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