Sheriff Doyle Smith

Sheriff Doyle Smith

Searcy County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, December 7, 1949

Doyle Smith

Sheriff Doyle Smith was shot and mortally wounded in the business section of Marshall by a man he ordered to leave town or stop drinking. The subject was also wounded during an exchange of gunfire between the two. Sheriff Doyal died in a Little Rock hospital two days later.

The suspect was charged with first degree murder.

A dispute among witnesses over who fired the first shot led to the suspect's acquittal on February 10th, 1950.

Sheriff Smith is buried in Henley Cemetery, Seary County, Arkansas.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 4, 1949
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Acquitted

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. I am privileged to be among the first to post a reflection for you. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 63rd anniversary year 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 15, 2012

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