Special Agent George Douglas Althouse

Special Agent George Douglas Althouse

United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, May 28, 1992

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George Douglas Althouse

Special Agent George Althouse was shot and killed in Inverness, Alabama, during a robbery attempt.

He had stopped at a convenience store in his undercover sports car when a suspect attempted to rob and carjack him. Special Agent Althouse was shot several times and was fatally wounded.

The suspect fled the state but was later captured by authorities. He was convicted of Agent Althouse's murder and sentenced to death.

Special Agent Althouse had served with the Drug Enforcement Administration for two years. He is survived by his parents and sister.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alabama
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

robbery, undercover

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My name is Mike Golson. Doug and I worked together out of the Birmingham Field Division of ATF and the Birmingham Resident Agent in Charge field office of the DEA. Doug and I use to partner up on cases that involved armed narcotics traffickers. In 1992 crack was the drug of choice in many instances. Dough would take the narcotics stairs and I would take the 18 USC 924 (c) cases where a person was found to be in possession of a firearm while drug trafficking. Doug was a cool guy to work with and he was a go-getter. He had aspirations of joining the Snow Cap operations in Columbia. He was my friend and I had his back on many search warrant operations and he had mine. I was one of many agents, police, and State Troopers who searched for his killer on the same night of the incident. Doug was the first agent that was killed in action that I had worked with closely. Doug’s death impacted me greatly and I still hold him in a respectful high regard as a law enforcement professional. His death still comes to mind 33 years later. He was a great DEA agent and a good man period.

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