Sheriff Charles Raymond Smith

Sheriff Charles Raymond Smith

Cooper County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, December 10, 1991

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Charles Raymond 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 United States Army Vietnam veteran for four tours as a Green Beret. He was elected Sheriff of Cooper County in 1984 and had previously served with the Boonville Police Department for nine years. Sheriff Smith was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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


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Sheriff Smith served in the Army ROTC Department at KEMPER MILITARY SCHOOL & COLLEGE, his last posting before his military retirement. He is remembered as an affable fellow known to the cadets as "Sneaky Pete" referring to his Special Forces designation and the small dagger in the SF Emblem. Hard to believe he met his demise in this way after his hazardous duty with the Phoenix Program in RVN. I recall hearing about the incident on the national news at the time. There is a memorial plauqe to him on the lawn in front of the Cooper County Courthouse, Boonville, MO.

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June 7, 2023

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