Town Marshal Silas W. Smith

Town Marshal Silas W. Smith

Cosmopolis Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, November 15, 1901

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Silas W. Smith

Marshal Smith was shot and killed as he and the constable of Aberdeen served a warrant on a man over a dispute concerning a house. When the officers arrived the man was in the process of razing the home. The suspect at first was cooperative but began to resist. When the officers attempted to disarm him the man told them that, because he was a U.S. mail carrier, he was permitted to be armed. The man then pulled out his gun and exchanged shots with both officers.

Marshal Smith was struck in the chest and killed instantly. The constable and the suspect continued to exchange shots and both were wounded. When the two ran out of ammunition the constable was able to strike the suspect on the head with his gun, knocking him unconscious. Both wounded men were taken to a hospital. The suspect was then transferred to jail.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years. He was paroled on May 22, 1907.

Marshal Smith was survived by his wife, son, and adopted daughter.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1907

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 109th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 15, 2010

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