Detective Sergeant Caleb Embree Smith

Detective Sergeant Caleb Embree Smith

Flint Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, October 27, 1921

Caleb Embree Smith

Detective Caleb Smith died after being poisoned with arsenic while on duty. It is theorized that the poison was administered to him when he took his midnight lunch break at a local restaurant.

Detective Smith had been on duty for several hours with his partner, but the two separated for their lunch breaks. Shortly after the lunch breaks the two detectives arrested a suspect and returned him to the police station. While they were processing the suspect Detective Smith complained he was feeling ill. He was taken home where his condition worsened. He died a short time later.

An autopsy revealed traces of arsenic in his body and coroner's jury concluded that his death was the result of arsenic poisoning at the hands of persons unknown.

Detective Smith had served with the Flint Police Department for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons. Both of his sons went on to serve in law enforcement.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Poisoned
  • Weapon Poison
  • Offender Never apprehended

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