Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Federal Prohibition Agent Roy Shafer was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 52, four 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, 14-year-old daughter, three brothers, four 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 – U.S. Department of Justice.
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This officer has been denied inclusion on the Indiana Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters Memorial in Indianapolis.