Policeman Grant Smith

Policeman Grant Smith

Evarts Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, January 4, 1929

Grant Smith

Policeman Grant Smith was shot and killed from ambush by two men whom he had previously arrested for violating liquor laws. The men had been released on bond the previous day.

He was walking home through a schoolyard when he was shot in the back by a blast from a shotgun. The two men and two accomplices were arrested and charged with his murder.

Policeman Smith had been serving as the acting policeman for the city of Evarts at the time of his murder and was a deputy with the Harlan County Sheriff's Office. He was survived by his wife and is buried in Turner Cemetery in Verda, Kentucky.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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I'm filled with pride. He is still in our thoughts and never forgotten. If he only knew how he became a hero and legend in our family...and how many would still be talking about him and honoring him almost 90 years later. Grant Smith was my Great Grandfather. His daughter was Della Smith, my Grandmother. I heard about him since I was old enough to remember - my Grandmother told me the story of how he was a Sheriff and was shot by bootleggers as he walked across a school yard when she was only 9 or 10. I went from Texas to Kentucky to see Evarts and find his grave a few years ago. I would love to be in touch with cousins and share stories or pictures (who has the pic posted on this memorial?) - I'm on Facebook Melissa Boissonneault Weiss

Melissa Weiss
Great Granddaughter

April 8, 2017

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