Killing of Ball Smith in Georgia in 1947


Case summary

Ball Smith (1895 - 1947), a farmer, was killed by Sheriff H. F. Herrington in Quitman County, Georgia. Herrington came to Smith’s house to arrest Smith’s son. Herrington claimed that he opened fire when Smith sought to prevent the arrest and brandished a revolver.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1947-07-12
Location: Georgetown, Quitman County, Georgia
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: seeking to prevent the arrest of his son; resisting arrest

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