Deputy Sheriff Robert B. Smith

Deputy Sheriff Robert B. Smith

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, December 23, 1908

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Robert B. Smith

Deputy Robert Smith and Deputy John Brooks were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on three men wanted for robbing a miner. He had deputized four men, including John Brooks, to assist with the arrests.

As Deputy Smith read the warrant to the three men one of them produced a handgun and opened fire, striking him in the abdomen. A shootout ensued between the three suspects and five officers in which Deputy Brooks and one of the suspects were killed.

The other two suspects fled the scene but were both quickly arrested. Deputy Smith succumbed to his wounds the following day.

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  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 22, 1908
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Smith,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Knox County.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

December 23, 2018

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