Federal Prohibition Agent
Roy Walter Shafer
Bureau of Prohibition – U.S. Department of the Treasury
Monday, June 30, 1930

Age: 45
Served: 7 years
Badge #:
Panel 32E, Line 12
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Automobile accident
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, June 30, 1930
06:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
U.S. 52 near Lebanon
Incident County:
Boone
Incident Township:
Eagle
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
None
Burial Place:
Mount Ephraim Cemetery, Mount Ephraim, Ohio

   Federal Prohibition Agent Roy Shafer was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 52, eight miles south of Lebanon.

   On Sunday evening, six agents in three vehicles left the bureau's Columbus, Ohio, office to transport prohibition records to its Chicago, Illinois, office. The agents drove through the night without stopping and after dawn, the government truck Agent Shafer was driving left the roadway and crashed into a ditch before hitting a telephone pole.

   Agent Shafer was killed instantly when he suffered a broken neck and another agent riding with him was seriously injured but recovered.

   Agent Shafer had previously served as sheriff of Noble County in Ohio. After Sheriff Charles W. Moore, 50, was shot and killed on November 20, 1923, he was appointed to the office before being elected to two terms. He was survived by his wife, 21-year-old son, 15-year-old daughter, three brothers, two sisters and father.



The responsibilities of the Bureau of Prohibition – U.S. Department of the Treasury (1927–1930) are now under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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This officer has been denied inclusion on the Indiana Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters Memorial in Indianapolis.


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