Posseman Fletcher W. Smith

Posseman Fletcher W. Smith

Wise County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, February 24, 1884

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Fletcher W. Smith

Posseman Fletcher Smith was shot and killed as he and other possemen attempted to arrest a gang of horse thieves near Greenwood.

When the posse told the thieves they were under arrest the thieves drew their pistols and opened fire. Most of the posse retreated but Posseman Smith stood his ground. One of the thieves obtained a Winchester rifle and continued firing, striking Posseman Smith in the stomach.

Two brothers were arrested by the Tarrant County sheriff and charged with Posseman Smith's murder.

Posseman Smith, who was a local doctor, had been deputized to ride with the posse. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and brother.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Arrested

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Dr. Smith,
On today, the 129th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wise County.


U.S. Border Patrol

February 24, 2013

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