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Special Agent Paul Albro Read | United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Paul Albro Read

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 12, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Montana

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Special Agent Paul Read was shot and killed in Missoula, Montana.

He had gone there after receiving a tip that a bar at the corner of Broadway Street and Higgins Avenue was serving illegal alcohol during prohibition. He entered the bar and purchased a beer. After being served he arrested the proprietor.

Special Agent Read had locked his service weapon in the glove box prior to entering the bar and did not search or handcuff the suspect before placing him in his vehicle for the trip to the county jail. As they pulled up to the jail the suspect pulled out a concealed revolver and shot Agent Read three times.

The subject was sentenced to death, but the sentence was later commuted to life in prison.

Special Agent Read's son and grandson both followed in Agent Read's footsteps and became law enforcement officers in Montana.

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It wasn't until after I had already become a police officer that my father told me about you. Though you died far before my time.... know that your service DID run in the family

Senior Police Officer Erin Read
Hampton Police Division
April 22, 2016

 

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