Deputy Sheriff Mitchell Leroy Smith

Deputy Sheriff Mitchell Leroy Smith

Gila County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, September 13, 1946

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Mitchell Leroy Smith

Deputy Smith was killed when his police motorcycle was intentionally rammed by a vehicle. He was attempting to stop the vehicle for speeding when it started to bump his motorcycle and caused him to crash.

The 25-year-old driver was charged with manslaughter.

Deputy Smith had served with the agency for 7 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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Deputy Sheriff Smith,
Even though it’s been over 75 years since your End Of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gila County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 17, 2021

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