Special Agent
Walter Martin Gilbert
Bureau of Prohibition – U.S. Department of Justice
Wednesday, July 22, 1931

Age: 34
Served: 2 years, 2 months
Badge #: 88
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Panel L29, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, July 22, 1931
08:10 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Lower Huntington Road near Waynedale
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to 2 to 21 years
Burial Place:
Los Angeles Odd Fellows Cemetery,
Los Angeles, California

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   Special Agent Walter Gilbert and Special Agent John Wilson were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man during an undercover operation in Fort Wayne.

   The agents had arranged to meet the man at Stellhorn Bridge for the delivery of liquor.

   When the man arrived he suspected he was being setup and opened fire, striking Agent Wilson four times, killing him instantly. Agent Gilbert was struck once in the back and died from the wounds he suffered at Lutheran Hospital later that evening.

   The 35-year-old suspect, who was also shot and wounded, was apprehended the following day. He was charged with first-degree murder in a death penalty case but was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter by a jury and sentenced to 2 to 21 years in prison.

   Special Agent Gilbert, from Cincinnati, was assigned to the Cincinnati Office in Ohio. He was survived by his wife, three children, father, three brothers and two sisters.

Historical Note

• This incident was one of 24 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.

The responsibilities of the Bureau of Prohibition – U.S. Department of Justice (1930–1933) are now under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – U.S. Department of Justice.

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