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Special Agent Raymond L. Ezzell | United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Raymond L. Ezzell

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

End of Watch: Monday, July 27, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 1 year, 10 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: susoect killed

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Special Agent Raymond Ezzell was shot and killed in Fort Worth, Texas, while attempting to make an arrest.

At 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 1931, Agent Ezzell were waiting for a suspect to drive into the alley with a load of liquor. As the suspect arrived Agent Ezzell walked to the side of the automobile. The suspect fired and wounded Agent Ezzell in the hand.

Agent Ezzell and the suspect shot each other simultaneously. Agent Ezzell shot the suspect in the heart and the suspect shot him in the head. Agent Ezzell slumped forward, dropping his pistol inside the car. The suspect died at the scene and Agent Ezzell died at 10:10 p.m. after arrival at the hospital.

Agent Ezzell was survived by his wife and daughter. He was reportedly buried in Buckholts in Milam County. He had been employed as a Temple city policeman in 1930 and had been employed as a federal prohibition officer for about 10 months.

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Agent Ezzell was from a family of 15 in Buckholts, TX. His loss was felt for many years and his brother Lloyd named one of his son's in his honor. I hear his picture is in the Federal building in Ft. Worth, TX. I heard that he had also been involved with an attempted apprehension of Bonnie & Clyde. The family made sure his memory stayed alive.

Michael Ezzell (Not an officer)
Michael Ezzell, Grand Nephew
March 17, 2015

 

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