Special Agent Ballard White Turner

Special Agent Ballard White Turner

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

End of Watch Thursday, September 29, 1932

Ballard White Turner

Special Agent Ballard Turner and Special Agent Ernest Vlasich were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a moonshiner in Vancouver, Washington.

The two agents had gone to the man's home and purchased two gallons of moonshine whiskey and then immediately attempted to place the suspect under arrest. The man produced a .380 caliber handgun and opened fire, killing Agent Turner instantly and mortally wounding Agent Vlasich, who died just over two weeks later.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life at Walla Walla State Prison.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Washington
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Agent Turner,
On today, the 86th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Agent who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

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United States Border Patrol

September 29, 2018

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