Patrolman William L. "Bill" Smith

Patrolman William L. "Bill" Smith

DeQuincy Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, August 30, 1966

William L. "Bill" Smith

Patrolman Smith was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance call on Harrison Street. Several residents had called the police department to complain about a man walking down the street and cursing loudly.

When Patrolman Smith located the man he was immediately attacked. The man started striking Patrolman Smith with a stick, severely injuring him. Patrolman Smith drew his revolver and shot the suspect four times. The wounds, however, did not stop the suspect, who continued beating Patrolman Smith, who dropped his service revolver. The suspect picked up the gun and shot the patrolman in the back as he lay on the ground.

The suspect was taken into custody following the shooting. He died from his wounds five days later.

Patrolman Smith served with the agency in a part-time capacity. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and three sons.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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My thoughts go out to you and your family today. 50 years cannot make anyone forget your sacrifice while serving this nation. Many thanks and RIP.

John Haseltine - Civilian

August 30, 2016

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