W.Va. officer killed in line of duty

Officer Down: Charles Smith - [Beckley, West Virginia]


Biographical Info

Age: 29

Additional Info: Detective Corporal Charles Smith had served with the Beckley Police Department for 5 and a half years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Smith was shot and killed during an undercover narcotics purchase.

Date of Incident: August 29, 2006


W.Va. officer killed in line of duty

The Associated Press

BECKLEY, W.Va.- Two Beckley men have been arraigned on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a Beckley police officer.

According to the criminal complaint, 41-year-old Michael Martin and 24-year-old Thomas Leftwich had arranged to sell crack cocaine to Detective Charles "Chuckie" Smith, who was working undercover.

The three had reportedly arranged to meet at a South Fayette Street bar called Club Attraction early this morning.

Investigators allege that when Smith pulled out his badge, Martin ran and Leftwich shot Smith three to four times with a .357 revolver.

Smith was taken to Raleigh General Hospital, where he later died. State Police are investigating.

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