Prohibition Officer Robert Oliver Gary

Prohibition Officer Robert Oliver Gary

Seven Mile Village Prohibition Enforcement, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, November 21, 1925

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Robert Oliver Gary

Prohibition Officer Robert Gary was shot and killed while serving a search warrant at Olney's Cafe in Hamilton, Ohio. Officer Gray and his brother Fred, who also served as a prohibition officer, were attempting to serve a warrant to the subject when the man opened fire on Officer Robert Gray -- striking him once in the neck and killing him.

The suspect was charged with first-degree murder but was later acquitted. He died of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1927.

Officer Gary was survived by his wife and brother and was reportedly buried in Ashtabula, Ohio.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Charged with murder

search warrant

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Prohibition Officer Robert Oliver Gary of the Seven Mile Village Prohibition enforcement, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

November 21, 2020

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