Sheriff Charles R. Smith

Sheriff Charles R. Smith

Cooper County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, December 10, 1991

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Charles R. Smith

Sheriff Charles Smith was shot and killed by the man who had murdered Deputy Sheriff Leslie Roark, of the Moniteau County Sheriff's Department, and Deputy Sheriff Sandra Wilson, of the Miller County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Smith was shot in the 100 block of East North Street in California, Missouri, when he ran to investigate the gunshots that killed Deputy Wilson.

The man was found guilty of capital murder and was executed on January 9th, 2002.

Sheriff Smith was a U.S. Army veteran.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 2002

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I recall that horrible night you were killed. I was patrolling my county next to yours when I heard the calls come over the radio. My stomach knotted up as I called our Sheriff to inform him and everyone went to help. Your laugh is what I recall the best. Our department going over and having breakfast in the middle of the night with your department at Bobbers.. You were an honest good man. Thank You Sheriff

Ken Endsley
Retired Chief Deputy Howard County, Mo

August 28, 2020

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