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Special Agent Ernest B. Vlasich | United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Ernest B. Vlasich

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

End of Watch: Friday, October 14, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 362

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Washington

Incident Date: 9/29/1932

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Special Agent Vlasich and Special Agent Ballard Turner 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 Ballard White Turner
United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Thursday, September 29, 1932
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 81st anniversary of your death. I am privileged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
October 14, 2013

 

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