Federal Prohibition Agent Robert E. Duff

Federal Prohibition Agent Robert E. Duff

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

End of Watch Saturday, December 9, 1922

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Robert E. Duff

Federal Prohibition Agent Duff was shot and killed in an ambush while investigating a moonshining gang in the hills of Menifee County, Kentucky.

The following day Special Deputy David Treadway was shot and killed while riding with a posse in an attempt to arrest Agent Duff's murderers.

One week later, Prohibition Agent Guy Cole was shot and killed when the posse he was riding with cornered the gang and engaged them in a shootout.

The leader of the gang was also killed and six members were arrested.

Agent Duff had previously served as jailer of Bath County, Kentucky. He was survived by his wife, five sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kentucky
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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It's "Police Week 2013",time set aside to honor the sacrifice of thousands of officers like you who gave their lives in service to their community. Thousands of people will see your name carved in the wall in Washington DC. As we take this week to honor the sacrifices that were made, I wanted to say that you are not forgotten. You are remembered and honored.

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