Deputy Sheriff Edward Smith

Deputy Sheriff Edward Smith

Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, August 3, 1948

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 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.

Bishop was convicted and received a life sentence.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to Life

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He was my Grandfather. I grew up hearing stories about him from my father William Edward Smith. My Dad looks just like his father, Ed and my little brother does too. RIP

Sandy Smith-Griffin

January 15, 2018

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