Special Agent Paul Albro Read

Special Agent Paul Albro Read

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

End of Watch Friday, July 21, 1933

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Paul Albro Read

Special Agent Paul Read was shot and killed in the 300 block of Woody Street in Missoula, Montana while attempting to speak to a known liquor dealer.

He located the man in his car in the 300 block of Woody Street and jumped onto the vehicle's running board. The man opened fire on Agent Read, fatally wounding him. The shooting occurred almost in front of the courthouse and the gunshots were heard by several other officers who were nearby.

The man who shot Agent Read was arrested at the scene and one gallon of moonshine whiskey was found in his vehicle. The subject claimed that he fired in self-defense after Special Agent Read pulled his gun first. However, Agent Read had a practice of not carrying his gun and it was found locked in the glove box of his vehicle parked a block away.

The subject was sentenced to death, but the sentence was later commuted to life in prison.

Special Agent Read had served with the Bureau of Prohibition for eight years and had previously served with the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office in Idaho.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Montana
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to death

alcohol violation

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Rest in peace Special Agent Read.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 21, 2021

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