Sergeant Herschel A. Smith

Sergeant Herschel A. Smith

Chickasha Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, March 16, 1936

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Herschel A. Smith

Sergeant Herschel Smith succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on March 13th, 1936, inside of the Chickasha Police Department.

An officer had brought a federal agent into the communications area of the department to show him a sawed-off, doubled barreled shotgun. As he closed the breach of the shotgun it discharged, striking Sergeant Smith in his right leg above his knee. Gangrene set into the wound and Sergeant Smith died, as a result, three days later on March 16th, 1936.

Sergeant Smith had served with the Chickasha Police Department for less than one year.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Friday, March 13, 1936

accidental discharge

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