Marshal James S. Smith

Marshal James S. Smith

Starbuck Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, October 19, 1928

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James S. Smith

Marshal Smith was serving a meal in the town jail when he was shot and killed by a prisoner. Another person had smuggled a gun to the prisoner. The suspect was found hiding in an old well four days later in the Snake River Hills.

On December 14, 1925, the suspect, 25, was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced from 30 to 50 years. The suspect who gave him the gun was charged in connection with the murder,


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 50 years

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 19, 2011

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