June 14, 1928, a group of bank robbers attempted
a theft in broad daylight at the Home Trust
Company on Walnut Street. Tear gas was tossed
inside, forcing them to flee. In the process,
they wounded five bystanders, and an older
man suffered a fatal heart attack from the
shock. Officers James H. Smith and Darrell
Capshaw were working their posts at 11th
and Walnut, and 10th and Walnut when the
robbers rushed by. Officer Smith was shot and fatally
wounded, but was able to shoot out the windshield
of the get-away car. Officer Capshaw was also wounded
as he was directing traffic. The robbers
were caught several days later.
Smith, 38, joined the police department in 1914 and was survived by his wife, Velma Gosset Smith.
Interred: Union Cemetery.
Article by Brent Marchant