Federal Prohibition Agent James C. Capen

Federal Prohibition Agent James C. Capen

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

End of Watch Thursday, May 10, 1928

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James C. Capen

Federal Prohibition Agent James Capen was shot and killed as he and another officer raided a still near Cumberland, Wyoming. The suspect was granted to permission to retrieve his hat and coat but returned from his house with a rifle and shot Agent Capen in the abdomen.

The other agent returned fire, striking the suspect six times. The agent then took Agent Capen and the suspect to a hospital where they both died.

He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Wyoming
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in peace Federal Prohibition Agent Capen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 7, 2022

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