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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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 15, 2015

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