Constable William L. Smith

Constable William L. Smith

New Haven Township Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, November 27, 1899

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William L. Smith

Constable Smith was shot and killed by a suspect who had just been arrested on a warrant for threatening another constable with death. After placing the suspect under arrest at his residence, Constable Smith and another constable let the suspect re-enter his home to retrieve a coat. When the suspect exited the home he was holding a 12-gauge shotgun. The suspect then said "It's come to this" and fired, killing Constable Smith and wounding the other constable. The suspect fled and was never apprehended.

Constable Smith was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Never apprehended

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Constable William L. Smith of the New Haven Township Police Department, Ohio and the additional 54 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 27, 2017

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