Deputy Sheriff Smith Owen Wester

Deputy Sheriff Smith Owen Wester

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, April 24, 1930

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Smith Owen Wester

Deputy Sheriff Smith Wester was shot and killed while he and other deputies served a warrant on a man for stealing timber.

The man opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding Deputy Wester. One of the other deputies returned fire and killed the suspect.

Deputy Wester was survived by his wife.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Wester,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of DeKalb County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 24, 2020

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