Trooper
Herbert Wade Smith
Indiana State Police
Thursday, December 5, 1946

Age: 29
Served: 4 years, 1 month
Badge #:
Panel 43E, Line 2
Panel L11, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, December 5, 1946
02:20 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 9 north of Shelbyville
Incident County:
Shelby
Incident Township:
Marion
Weapon Used:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Disposition:
Apprehended
Burial Place:
Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville

   Trooper Herbert Smith was shot and killed after making a traffic stop on State Road 9 about three and one half-miles north of Shelbyville.

   When the driver couldn't produce identification he asked the four teenage occupants of the vehicle to follow him to the police station. Suspecting the vehicle was stolen, Trooper Smith requested a license place check while driving to the station.

   While en route the suspects pretended to have car trouble and pulled to the side of the road. Trooper Smith also stopped and as he approached the vehicle the suspects opened fire, striking him three times. He was able to return fire and make it back to his patrol car, where he died of his injuries.

   The two male and two female suspects were apprehended.

   Trooper Smith, from Shelbyville, was assigned to the Connersville post. He was survived by his wife.


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