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Federal Prohibition Agent Otto P. Butler | United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Federal Prohibition Agent

Otto P. Butler

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

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 10, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Oklahoma

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Federal Prohibition Agent Otto Butler was shot and killed after he and another agent arrested a man in Cushing, Oklahoma, for selling liquor out of his barber shop.

After the arrest Agent Butler walked into the rear of the store where he was confronted by the suspect's wife. The woman shot Agent Butler several times, who then ran to the front of the store and shot and wounded Agent Butler's partner. A passing deputy sheriff arrested the woman. Agent Butler was transported to Cushing Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The two suspects were later acquitted of all charges based on a technicality that the federal warrant was invalid.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

The fact that this"technicality" prevented justice for you and your family was an outrage...this woman show two police officers and should have been punished, not given a free pass.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
December 10, 2011

 

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