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Wilson Deputy Out of Hospital After Being Stabbed

Posted July 9, 2007

— A Wilson County deputy who was stabbed while on duty is out of the hospital and recovering at home, officials said Monday.

Authorities said James Edward Smith, 42, came out of surgery Saturday evening and left Wilson Medical Center on Sunday.

Investigators said Smith was responding to a domestic violence call Saturday at a house at 5200 White Oak Loop Road. When he entered the house, he was stabbed in the left side of his rib cage by 35-year-old Jimmy Allen Pennell, authorities said.

Smith's stab wound was 8 inches long and 1½ inches deep, authorities said.

The deputy has been with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office for 12 years, Maj. J.H. Farmer said.

Deputies arrested Pennell and charged him with first-degree attempted murder, malicious assault in secret, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official with the intent to kill, resisting a public officer and assault on a female in connection with the original domestic violence complaint to which Smith responded.

Pennell was being held Monday on a $3 million bond.


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  • MM Rebecca Jul 10, 2007

    Officer Smith, there were/are innumerable citizens who hold you, and your commrades, in our prayers. Heal quickly.

    MM Rebecca

  • bhurrelbrink Jul 9, 2007

    Glad to hear Deputy Smith is doing ok. I agree that it should have been called a slice or cut though. Stab is not the appropriate word here. God bless everyone that puts there life on the line to help the civilans of our world.

  • talkabout Jul 9, 2007

    8 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep is a SLICE / CUT not a STAB!! OR else that was some awkward looking knife. But slice or cut does not sound as dramatic as STABBED!

  • methinks Jul 9, 2007

    Glad to hear Eddie is doing good. Also very glad the DA's in Wilson are go getters, especially when the vic is one our finest. The DA's here will go after this guy with everything.

  • TwiztedMedia Jul 9, 2007

    Glad to hear the officer's ok. Sorry to hear that Pennel made some bad decisions. What's even sadder is, how the media has left out information and created a bad guy image for Pennel.

    Keep up your work LEO's; WRAL, you need more facts and less twist.

  • isabella731 Jul 9, 2007

    It's wonderful that Officer Smith is recovering. This jerk won't be bullying anymore women for a long while, thanks to good LE officers like Smith.

  • shine Jul 9, 2007

    I am glad that Officer Smith is doing well. It takes a special person not to know what is on the other side of the door and still do the job. Hope that you have a healthy healing time. and Thanks for putting your self on the line for others - you are a chosen few.

  • illegals--GO HOME Jul 9, 2007

    Glad to hear that you are home and best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery Officer Smith. No one knows what it is truly like until they have "walked a mile in your shoes" and from a fellow officer, you are doing the job you feel called to do to help your fellow citizens in their time of need, even at risk to your own life. That is why most officers do this job.

    Prayers and thoughts with you and your family as I know they too have suffered when they heard you had been injured!

  • Halyard Jul 9, 2007

    Thank goodness for the fine police officers that are willing to put their lives on the line for us every day. May God speed your recovery Officer Smith and thank you and all your fellow LEO's, everywhere, for what you do.

  • Jokers Wild Jul 9, 2007

    I am glad Deputy Smith is going home and hope he gets healed up without any complication's. From One of your LEO Brothers, Get well soon Deputy.