Deputy Sheriff Edward Smith

Deputy Sheriff Edward Smith

Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, August 3, 1948

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Edward Smith

Deputy Smith was shot and killed by a man who had escaped from the Pinal County Jail the day before.

Deputy Smith had gone to the Joe Lewis Heights area in Eloy to look for Willis Bishop, age 21, who had escaped the day before. As he reached the door of the Dandy Tavern, from a nearby roof Bishop fired a shotgun, hitting Smith in the face and knocking him down. A second shot hit Smith in the chest and he died before help arrived. The suspect and a companion, 20, were charged with murder. His companion gave him the shotgun and helped him get on the roof.

Bishop and the other man were convicted and received a life sentence. On August 30, 1957, Bishop escaped from prison but was captured. His companion was paroled in September of 1970. In April of 1971 he kidnapped a 19-year-old girl in Phoenix. The girl was standing next to the street in front of a post office on Buckeye Road when the suspect attacked her and dragged her into his car. A policeman driving buy saw the girl struggling to get out of the car and arrested the suspect. The girl would not press charges and the suspect was released. On September 14, 1978, he was stabbed to death in Phoenix. As of April 1971 the killer was still in prison.

Deputy Smith, who lived in Arizona for most of his life, was a Texas Justice of the Pease, before moving to Oregon where he served as a deputy sheriff. He had been back in Arizona only a month. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 16 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to Life

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I am Joseph A Smith, my father was James T. Smith. Edward Smith was my grand father.

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