Patrolman Benjamin Kyle Smith

Patrolman Benjamin Kyle Smith

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 23, 1958

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Benjamin Kyle Smith

Patrolman Smith was shot and killed in Willis by a 15-year-old boy when he attempted to arrest him for motorcycle theft. The youth claimed his shotgun discharged when he dropped it as Patrolman Smith, a juvenile officer, and a constable entered his shack. The boy, who had been in trouble before, was taken into custody by the other two officers.

Patrolman Smith was survived by his wife and two daughters. He had been with the agency for two years. He was a Korean War veteran.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 410 gauge
  • Offender In custody

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Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 23, 2020

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