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Night Chief James Vallard Barbourville Police Department, Kentucky

Night Chief

James Vallard "Jim" Smith

Barbourville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 25, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Night Chief Jim Smith was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while struggling with a drunk driving suspect.

Chief Smith, along with three other officers in his patrol car, had pursued the vehicle to Gilliam Hill where they forced it to stop. When Chief Smith approached the driver, the man punched him in the face. A second officer then struck the driver on the head with the butt of his service revolver, which then discharged. The round struck Chief Smith in the head, killing him.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested and held on a drunk driving charge.

Chief Smith was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. He was survived by his five brothers and five sisters.

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This was my grandfather that I was never able to meet. May you rest in peace. I am hoping to continue our name into LEO officers as I am and my son wants to be when he grows up.

Patrolmen Michael Smith
Middlesboro police
May 15, 2016

 

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