Chief of Police Samuel Henderson Smith

Chief of Police Samuel Henderson Smith

LaFollette Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, May 14, 1914

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Samuel Henderson Smith

Chief Smith was shot and killed while attempting to break up a disturbance. A group of men had been arguing and shouting in front of a local church just before midnight. As Chief Smith attempted to quell the group one of the men opened fire, fatally shooting him in the chest.

The chief was taken to a nearby furniture store where two doctors provided aide. He succumbed to his wound shortly after midnight.

The suspect who shot Chief Smith fled the scene.

Chief Smith had served with the agency for 1 month. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 13, 1914
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Chief Smith,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of LaFolette.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

May 14, 2024

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