Deputy Sheriff
Harry Smith
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Saturday, March 31, 1906

Age: 36
Served:
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, March 31, 1906
06:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
County Farm Road near Syria
Incident County:
Orange
Incident Township:
Paoli
Weapon Used:
Pistol
Suspect Disposition:
• Released in 1915
• Paroled in 1922
Burial Place:
Green Hill Cemetery, Orleans

   Deputy Sheriff Harry Smith was shot and killed as he and a constable attempted to arrest two men wanted on warrants.

   The two men, who were brothers-in-law, were wanted for assault and battery on two local farmers. Upon arriving at the suspects' farm near Syria, Deputy Sheriff Smith went to the rear door when he was shot at point-blank range and killed. The constable, who was retreating near the front door, was shot and seriously wounded.

   Both suspects, 20- and 24-years-old, fled the scene and were apprehended two days later at the mother's home of one of the suspects near Rego. They were later convicted of murder and sentenced to life. One offender was released from prison in 1915, while the other was paroled in July 1922.

   Deputy Sheriff Smith was survived by his parents and brother.

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This officer, discovered in 2012, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

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