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Auxiliary Deputy Sonny Allan Smith | Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Auxiliary Deputy

Sonny Allan Smith

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch: Friday, May 15, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 11 years

Badge # JC55

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 28 years

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Auxiliary Deputy Sonny Smith was shot and killed as he and other deputies searched for a burglary suspect in the area of County Road 1723 at approximately 2:30 am.

He located the subject hiding in a wooded area and pursued him on foot. During the pursuit the man opened fire with a .22 caliber handgun, striking Deputy Smith in the neck. Despite the wound, Deputy Smith returned fire and wounded the subject. The man was then taken into custody.

Deputy Smith was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

On May 27, 2016, the 52-year-old suspect was found guilty of murder and burglary and sentenced to 28 years for murder and five years for burglary with the sentences to run concurrently.

Deputy Smith was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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I attended this funeral last year. One of a few. This was a very sobering occasion. Reminded me of just how fast things can go from what some may call routine, to catastrophic in the blink of an eye. From what I remember, I believe Deputy Smith was off duty when he was notified of the situation and went back into work and responded alongside his fellow officers. This is a perfect example of the dedication and commitment that Deputy Smith gladly provided to his community. He was a humble servant that was always willing to lend a hand to whoever was in need. Thank you Deputy Smith for your service to this country and more personally, the citizens of Johnson County.

Corporal Brandon Powell
UA-Fayetteville Police Department
July 7, 2016


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