Sheriff Israel L. Smith

Sheriff Israel L. Smith

Bradley County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, March 14, 1922

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Israel L. Smith

Sheriff Israel Smith was shot and killed while he and several deputies attempted to apprehend bootleggers near Cleveland, Tennessee.

When the deputies approached the still the suspects fled to a home. As the deputies pursued them shots were fired and Sheriff Smith was struck in the abdomen. The subject was arrested but escaped from the Hamilton County Jail on August 14th, 1922.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Escaped

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Sheriff Smith,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bradley County.


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