Policeman Cal Smith

Photo of Policeman Cal Smith
End of Watch: Tue, Oct 3rd, 1893
Date of Incident: Tue, Oct 3rd, 1893
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: Not Known
Age: Not Known


Policeman Cal Smith was shot and killed by a man from ambush near Court Street.

The suspect had been arrested earlier for being drunk and disruptive. After being released on bail he secured a rifle and went looking for the arresting officer. Mistaking Policeman Smith for the arresting officer, he shot him dead.

The suspect, son of a local prominent judge, was tried and acquitted. On October 24, 1899, he shot and killed his mistress at a saloon in Paducah, and then shot and killed himself.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Paducah Police Department
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Paducah, Kentucky 42001
(270) 444-8800
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