Prohibition Officer Will Farley

Prohibition Officer Will Farley

West Virginia Department of Prohibition, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, August 11, 1919

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Will Farley

Prohibition Officer Will Farley was shot and killed at his home, near Hart's Creek, Logan County, when three moonshiners broke in and shot him as he lay in bed.

He and another officer had raided a still earlier in the day on Hoover Creek and the dismantled still was taken to his home as evidence. The officers seized a still, dismantled it and took it to Farley’s home.

The other officer, who was in another room, shot at the suspects as they fled the scene. The suspects escaped but turmed themeselves in days later. One was found not guilty.

Officer Farley had served with the West Virginia Departent of Prohibition for one month and with law enforcement for 3 years including time as a deputy sheriff in Logan County.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Captured

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