Patrolman William Jefferson Smith

Patrolman William Jefferson Smith

Charleston Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, September 29, 1948

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William Jefferson Smith

Patrolman Smith was shot and killed by the wife of a man he was attempting to arrest. The suspect and her husband were arguing loudly and profanely on a street corner. Patrolman Smith attempted to arrest the man when his warning to be more quite was ignored. As he struggled with the man his wife shot him in the back of the head.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 to 18 years in the women's prison at Pence Springs March 4, 1949.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to 18 years

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Rest In Peace Patrolman Smith, your service and sacrifice is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L.Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

September 29, 2013

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