Chief Deputy Sheriff Charles Busby Smith

Chief Deputy Sheriff Charles Busby Smith

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Monday, January 12, 1981

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Charles Busby Smith

Chief Deputy Sheriff Charles Smith was shot and killed while attempting to serve a lunacy warrant.

Chief Deputy Smith and the sheriff were serving the warrant to a 48-year-old male at his home near Kilmichael, Mississippi, when he opened fire on them, killing the deputy and seriously wounding the sheriff. The suspect was apprehended about two miles from his house, shortly after the shooting. He was later convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death but was later re-sentenced to life imprisonment. He died in prison in 2006.

Chief Deputy Smith had served with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office for four years and had previously been a Vaiden, Mississippi, police officer.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

warrant service

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Charles Busby was adopted by general store owners in Vaiden. He was always smiling and having a good time. Most boys around town didn’t have very much so they would make friends with him and hang around the store. He would give a friend the shirt off his back. Dep. Smith was well liked by all. His killer was mentally ill. The sheriff was shot about as many times as he was. He was a crack shot with a .22 cal. semi-auto rifle and waited for the two officers to step up to his house and ambushed them from around the corner of the house.

LT. Bernard Evans

January 14, 2019

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