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Special Agent Ballard White Turner | United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Ballard White Turner

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

End of Watch: Thursday, September 29, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 10 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Washington

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Special Agent Ballard Turner and Special Agent Ernest Vlasich were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a moonshiner in Vancouver, Washington.

The two agents had gone to the man's home and purchased two gallons of moonshine whiskey and then immediately attempted to place the suspect under arrest. The man produced a .380 caliber handgun and opened fire, killing Agent Turner instantly and mortally wounding Agent Vlasich, who died just over two weeks later.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life at Walla Walla State Prison.

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Special Agent Ernest B. Vlasich
United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Friday, October 14, 1932
Cause: Gunfire

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Thank you great uncle for your service. It is nice to finally find an ancestor on the Turner side of my family that showed such heroism and bravery.

sherry turner kelley A1C AIRFORCE
VERSAILLES, KY. YOUR FATHER AND MY GGRANDFATHER JAMES WERE BROTHERS.
November 22, 2016

 

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