Lieutenant William Carter Smith

Lieutenant William Carter Smith

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, April 26, 1973

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William Carter Smith

Lieutenant William Smith died on April 4, 1973, from a gunshot wound he received on November 10, 1972.

Lieutenant Smith was attempting to arrest a murder suspect in Warren County, Kentucky, when he was shot.

The suspect was arrested, tried, and convicted of Lieutenant Smith's murder. He died in prison.

Lieutenant Smith was a United States Army WWII veteran and had served with the Kentucky State Police for 24 years. He was survived by his wife and son, who also served as a Kentucky State Trooper.

A portion of US 31 W in Warren County has been designated the Lt. William C. Smith Memorial Highway.

He is buried at Fairview Cemetary in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge 46
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, November 10, 1972
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Convicted

murder suspect

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Lt. Smith,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 26, 2023

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