Federal Prohibition Agent Franklin R. Patterson

Federal Prohibition Agent Franklin R. Patterson

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, January 18, 1930

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Franklin R. Patterson

Prohibition Agent Frankin Patterson and Prohibition Agent Robert Moncure were shot and killed while serving a search warrant at the home of a bootlegger in West Palm Beach, Florida. The suspect opened fire on Agent Patterson in the kitchen and shot Agent Moncure on the front porch. Two other agents at the scene escaped without being wounded. The suspect was arrested 20 minutes later after a brief standoff with local police.

The suspect was acquitted due to a technicality concerning of using a day-time warrant around the time of sunset.

Agent Patterson was survived by his wife and four children.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Florida
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Rest in peace Federal Prohibition Agent Patterson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 18, 2022

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