Federal Prohibition Agent Roy Walter Shafer

Federal Prohibition Agent Roy Walter Shafer

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

End of Watch Monday, June 30, 1930

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Roy Walter Shafer

Federal Prohibition Agent Roy Shafer was killed instantly in an automobile crash on U.S. 52, eight miles south of Lebanon, Indiana.

On Sunday evening, several agents in three vehicles left the bureau's Columbus, Ohio, office to transport prohibition records to its Chicago, Illinois, office. The agents drove through the night without stopping and, at about 6:00 am, the government vehicle Special Agent Shafer was driving left the roadway and crashed into a ditch before hitting a telephone pole. Special Agent Shafer suffered a broken neck and another agent riding with him was seriously injured but recovered.

Special Agent Shafer had served with the Bureau of Prohibition for three years and had previously served as sheriff of Noble County, Ohio. He had been appointed to the office after the murder of Sheriff Charles W. Moore on November 20th, 1923. He was subsequently elected to two additional terms. Special Agent Shafer was survived by his wife, son, daughter, three brothers, two sisters, and father.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Indiana

routine driving

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 30, 2020

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