Police Officer Euel Thomas Smith, Sr.

Police Officer Euel Thomas Smith, Sr.

Bibb County Board of Education Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, April 22, 1983

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Euel Thomas Smith, Sr.

Police Officer Euel Smith was shot and killed by a prisoner he was transporting.

The suspect was arrested and convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Officer Smith was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Bibb County Board of Education Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, one daughter, his parents, two brothers, and three sisters.

In November 2013 the Bibb County Campus Police Department headquarters was renamed in his honor.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 351
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Convicted of involuntary manslaughter

prisoner custody, transport

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The following dedication to Officer Smith appears in the free E-Book: Let None Learn in Fear - Michael Dorn in School Safety


This book is dedicated to the memory of School Police Officer Euel Thomas Smith or “Bubba” as he was affectionately known to his brother and sister officers. Officer Smith was shot and killed in the line of duty at Central High School on April 22, 1983 in Macon, Georgia, while protecting the children of Bibb County. His death, witnessed by hundreds of the students he gave his life to protect, will not be forgotten. His sacrifice symbolizes the dedication of the brave men and women of the Bibb County School Police Force, men and women who have changed the course of school safety around the globe.

Officer Smith had a reputation as a very caring and dedicated police officer and his service to others is much appreciated.

Chief of Police (1989-1999)
Bibb County School System Police Department

April 22, 2020

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