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Deputy Sheriff Carlton Edmund Smith

Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Tuesday, July 6, 1965

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Carlton Edmund Smith

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 29, 2021

Deputy Smith was our milk man before he joined the sheriff’s department. I had just turned 16 the day before he was shot down in cold blood. He was a great guy. Always cheerful with a smile. The site of his murder was about a half mile from our house. My parents and I heard the shooting. My dad said it sounded like gunshots. The next morning radio news reported the crime. Our family were very sad.
I recall the last milk delivery he made to our home. He was all enthusiastic with his new job. We exchanged well wishes.He followed his ideal to serve the community with the supreme offering of his life. RJD

Citizen
Friend

August 27, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 6, 2020

I've heard this tragic story from my mother since I was very young. I wasnt born until 1972 but thru my mother I feel connected. It disgusts me that both murders died of natural causes in prison. Govenor Kate Brown is pushing new death penalty laws where most police officer murders will not be eligible for a death sentence. Brings me here to read the story again and to shed a tear for a man I never knew.

Steve G
Parents knew Carlton

September 6, 2019

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 15, 2015

I joined Lane Co. Sheriffs Dept. in 1963 ( during Sheriff Harry Marlowe & Under Sheriff , Capt. Ron Eggleston reign ) and was assigned to graveyard shift the night Carlton was shot & killed by Boles & Grey during a traffic stop on the approach to cross over Delta Hwy. from Country Club Rd. Lt. Howard Kershner ( deceased ) was called to assist Carlton & heard the gunfire as Carlton was sitting in his cruiser transmitting on the radio , later determined that Boles ran back to the unit's open drivers door & emptied a 9mm German luger on Carlton's left side ( none of which caused the fatal wounds according to the autopsy ) instead the maggot Grey ran to the passenger side , (which Carlton was possibly attempting to exit while being shot) , with a sawed off 12 ga. shotgun shooting through the window and hitting Carlton between the shoulder blades killing him instantly ! Every able Law Enf. Personnel available on & off duty volunteered to search through out the night & most of the following day until it was learned the two maggots abducted a couple in Spfld. in their motor home & fled to Calif. ( which John Kilcullen mentioned in his "reflections " previous to this one ) RIP Carlton Smith & Chris Kilcullen , YOUR IN GOD'S HANDS NOW , WITHOUT A WORRY !!

Ron Ridings / PTL. SGT. / D. A. Criminal
Former Lane C0. Sheriffs Ofc. / DA's Ofc.

November 13, 2014

The loss of Deputy Smith, like the loss of too many other law enforcement officers is tragic and unforgivable. They put their lives on the line each day for us. Their families send them to work never knowing for sure if they will return unharmed. I joined the Lane County Sheriff's Office two years after Deputy Smith was killed. He was still a fond memory for all who know him. He would have been proud that Randy followed him to the Sheriff's Office. I met with Randy a couple days after I lost my son, a Eugene Police Officer who was shot and killed on April 22, 2011, during a traffic stop. It was helpful to talk to Randy and gave me hope that Chris' four year old daughter would be okay. Rest well Deputy Smith

John Kilcullen, Patrol and Detective
Former Lane County Sheriff's Office

July 7, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 47tg 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. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

December 30, 2012

Once again, I am here visiting your memorial page and thinking of your son Randy. A friend of his was killed this past weekend, very similar circumstances to what happened to you. Please watch over your sons (I believe you have two sons who are in law enforcement) - and guide them to safety throughout their shifts. My heart is breaking that Randy lost a father, and now a friend so many years later.

May God watch over them, and all on the thin blue line. Be safe always.

Joanie / Michigan

April 25, 2011

Sir, Thank you for your service to Lane County. I grew up there, and did not know your story until many years later, after mr. Bowles, the coward, had taken the City and County that I loved on yet another terrible trip. I wish only that you could have been alive to know that he took his own life, a craven hiding in a wheat field. Your death was not in vain, you died doing what all men should do, oppose evil. I thank you, and your family for your great sacrifice, and I pray that my service will in some small way reflect well on heroes like you.

G. A. Redman
Polk County Sheriff's Office

May 10, 2008

Just stopped by to pay my respects and let your family, especially Randy, know that you continue to remain in our thoughts! Happy holidays to those you left behind. It has been many years since you lost your life in the line of duty, but you are still missed, for sure. God bless, and rest peacefully!

Joanie

December 4, 2005

While doing some research for the ODMP, I made some phone calls and ironically, one person I spoke to was your son, Randy. There's no question in my mind - you are watching down on him, keeping him safe and are undoubtedly very proud of him. Stay safe, Randy!

Up North Michigan

August 23, 2005

I just read this story in a true crime book. What a tragedy, one that didn't have to happen. Hopefully, your family is comforted in a small way by the fact that you have not been forgotten.

July 30, 2004

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