Prohibition Officer Mose Elswick

Prohibition Officer Mose Elswick

West Virginia Department of Prohibition, West Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, September 23, 1923

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Mose Elswick

Prohibition Officer Mose Elswick was shot and killed as he and his brother, who was also a state prohibition officer, raided a moonshine still in Kanawha County.

The two officers had gone to the abandoned mine and ordered the moonshiners to raise their hands. The subjects instead opened fire, striking Officer Elswick in the head. His brother was able to apprehend the men before carrying Officer Elswick's body to a nearby house.

The man who shot Officer Elswick was arrested and charged in connection with his murder.

Officer Elswick was survived by his wife.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Arrested

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 23, 2020

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