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Assistant Director Donald Boyd Smith | Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

Assistant Director

Donald Boyd Smith

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, March 29, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Assistant Director Donald Smith and Correctional Officer Richard Rogers were shot and killed inside of the Parker Elementary School in Sumner, Georgia, while attempting to apprehend an escapee from the George State Prison in Reidsville.

The prison trusty had escaped four days earlier while working inside of the assistant warden's home. He was able to gain control of a handgun inside of the home and then took the assistant warden's wife hostage before stealing several more firearms. He forced the hostage to drive him over 100 miles before letting her go. She immediately alerted local authorities who immediately started a massive search for the man.

Officers from the Georgia State Prison were also sent to Sumner to lead the search. Assistant Director Smith and Officer Rogers were part of a group of four officers who located fresh tracks near the elementary school and found it unlocked. As they began to search the school the escapee suddenly emerged from the principal's office and opened fire with a shotgun, killing Assistant Director Smith and Officer Rogers. One of the other two officers was wounded as they retreated and called for assistance.

The inmate then barricaded himself inside of the school's auditorium. He was shot and killed when he opened fire on approaching officers.

Assistant Director Smith was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served at the Georgia State Prison for nine years. He was survived by his wife and young son.

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Correctional Officer Richard H. Rogers
Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia
End of Watch: Sunday, March 29, 1970
Cause: Gunfire

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Over the years, so many LOD deaths, including three of LEO's I knew personally. I don't write reflections as often as I would like to, just because there are so many who have given so much.

But when I read your Daughter's post after 47 years since your LODD, I wanted her to know that she is not the only one remembering your sacrifice. I hope she and all members of your family find some comfort in that.

RIP Brother

from Philadelphia, PA
May 2, 2017


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