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Federal Prohibition Agent John Van Waters | United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government

Federal Prohibition Agent

John Van Waters

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

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 4, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Florida

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Federal Prohibition Agent John Waters and Constable Arthur Crenshaw, of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed in Pasco County, Florida, while investigating illegal stills. They were shot from ambush as they sat in their car.

Six men, five of them brothers, were arrested and charged with both murders. All were tried but none convicted. One was shot and killed on February 24, 1925, by officers who were raiding a liquor still near the same place where Agent Waters and Constable Crenshaw were killed.

Agent Waters had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and child and is buried in Williams Cemetery, Dade City, Pasco County, Florida.

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