Officer Charles Taylor Smith

Officer Charles Taylor Smith

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 9, 1956

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Charles Taylor Smith

Officer Charles Smith was shot and killed while frisking one of two suspects.

He had just stopped a vehicle for speeding on U.S. Highway 99, near Orland, and decided to investigate further. Unbeknownst to Officer Smith, the two occupants were AWOL Marines who had been on a crime spree. As he frisked one of the men the second man shot him in the back. Although mortally wounded, Officer Smith was able to draw his weapon and fatally shoot both suspects.

Officer Smith had served as a military policeman with the US Marine Corps before joining the California Highway Patrol. He had served with the California Highway Patrol for four years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 1359
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both shot and killed

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Charles Smith was my grandfather . My mom was only a couple months old when he was taken from us . I never had the pleasure of meeting him . So reading all these post have really touched my heart . Thank you for all the kind words for my grandfather .

Nichole A

June 19, 2020

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