Duncan officer shot, killed in 1939 to be inducted in SC Criminal Justice Hall of Fame


DUNCAN, SC (WSPA) – A Duncan Police Department officer who was shot to death in the line of duty back in 1939 is set to be inducted into the SC Criminal Justice Hall of Fame in Columbia later this year.

According to the police department’s Facebook page, Charley Smith was killed in the line of duty near 80 years ago on June 23, 1939.

“While visiting the SC Criminal Justice Hall of Fame in Columbia this past December, it came to our attention that Officer Smith was not in the Hall of Fame. After much research and great assistance from our Fire Chief B. Frost (our unofficial town historian), we were able to get information together to submit Charley for induction into the Hall of Fame.”

According to their post, The Hall of Fame Advisory Committee unanimously approved the nomination on March 5, 2019.

Smith will be inducted on May 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the SC Criminal Justice Academy. The event will be open to the public.

“As you can see, Charley Smith is a very common name, which made searches a tad more difficult, especially due to the age of the event,” according to the post. “We need your help in finding any living relatives of Smith so that we can invite them to attend the ceremony. We do not know if any are still in our area.”

Anyone with information in regards to Smith’s living relatives is asked to call 864-949-6600 or email contact@duncanpd.org. You can also reach out to the police department via Facebook.

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