Deputy Sheriff Larry Eugene Smith

Deputy Sheriff Larry Eugene Smith

Otero County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, December 27, 1973

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Larry Eugene Smith

Deputy Sheriff Larry Smith was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

When he arrived on the scene, he was confronted by a man with a shotgun. He ordered the man to drop the gun, and the two fired at each other almost simultaneously. Deputy Smith was killed at the scene, and the suspect succumbed to his wounds several days later.

Deputy Smith had served with the Otero County Sheriff's Office for one year.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Deputy Sheriff Smith,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Otero County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 27, 2023

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