Deputy Sheriff William Smith

Deputy Sheriff William Smith

Perry County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, December 24, 1923

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William Smith

Deputy Sheriff William Smith was shot and killed in a shootout with a suspect on Christmas Eve.

After murdering Deputy Smith, the suspect fled into the nearby mountains. A posse that was assembled to pursue him reached the town of Glomawr and were searching for him when someone in a store threw a fire cracker at them.

Thinking they were being fired upon by the suspect, the posse opened fire towards the store, killing several occupants.

Deputy Smith was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

arrest attempt

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Deputy Sheriff Smith,
On today the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Perry County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 24, 2023

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