Deputy Sheriff Herman Edward Smith

Deputy Sheriff Herman Edward Smith

Coffee County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, September 26, 1963

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Herman Edward Smith

Deputy Sheriff Herman Smith was shot and killed after making a traffic stop on US 441, between Douglas and Broxton, at 10:30 pm.

He had placed the driver of the vehicle in the back of his patrol car and called for a tow truck. When the tow truck arrived the driver found Deputy Smith slumped over the wheel of his patrol car with a gunshot wound in his back. The subject had shot him through the cage in the patrol car with a .25 caliber handgun and then broke through the back window to escape.

The man was apprehended the next day.

Deputy Smith is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 26, 2020

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