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 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.

Lieutenant Smith had been with agency for 24 years and was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge 46

Incident Details

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

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I have the honor to know and respect Lt. Smiths son, Tommy Smith.
Tommy Smith was my Sergeant when I joined the State Police. He was a man to look up to, and I went to to him for guidance and direction.
I remember Sgt. Smith saying to me, “son, if you don’t ever get complained on, you’re not doing your job.”
While that is funny, i received many complaints on me, and after so many, Tommy said, “ok, that’s enough.”
Tommy, you have been through a lot in your career, and I just want to say thank you for paving the way, just like your dad did!!
I hope us young Troopers have made your family proud!! You have proven yourself and I’m honored to call you my friend!!

TFC Chad Smith

November 14, 2018

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