Chief of Police James W. Smith

Chief of Police James W. Smith

Falmouth Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, October 10, 1943

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James W. Smith

Chief Smith was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Park Street. When he arrived at the scene he confronted a male subject who was armed with a 12-gauge. As he attempted to talk the man into putting the gun down he was shot in the chest and killed instantly. The county sheriff responded to the scene and arrested the suspect.

On April 11, 1944, the suspect, 42, who claimed self defense, was tried and acquitted.


  • Age 78
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Acquitted

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

October 10, 2020

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