Federal Prohibition Agent Walter Red Tolbert

Federal Prohibition Agent Walter Red Tolbert

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

End of Watch Wednesday, February 22, 1928

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Walter Red Tolbert

Prohibition Agent Walter Tolbert was shot and killed following a raid of a still five miles south of Harlem, Georgia. As he and two county officers approached the still they were spotted by several suspects, who fled the scene. After the agents destroyed the still and headed back to their vehicle they were ambushed by the suspects who had fled the still. Agent Tolbert was struck in the heart and killed instantly.

Six suspects were arrested and one of them confessed to shooting Agent Tolbert. The suspect was later sentenced to death and executed.

Agent Tolbert was survived by his finacee, father, six brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Georgia
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Executed


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Agent Tolbert,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 22, 2018

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