Deputy Sheriff Earl Smith

Deputy Sheriff Earl Smith

Pike County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, May 15, 1979

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Earl Smith

Deputy Earl Smith was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant. The suspect's sister had the warrant taken out on the man. As Deputy Smith approached the back door the suspect fired through the screen, striking him. The suspect then shot him five more times. The suspect pled not guilty by reason of insanity and was acquitted.

Deputy Smith had been with the agency for 35 years and was survived by his wife, 12 children, and several grandchildren.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted on insanity plea

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The anniversary of your passing is coming up May 15th. My heart hurts every day. Gone but never forgotten. Love you forever, Daddy.


May 11, 2023

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