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.
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