Federal Prohibition Agent Robert D. Freeman

Federal Prohibition Agent Robert D. Freeman

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

End of Watch Saturday, February 8, 1930

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Robert D. Freeman

Federal Prohibition Agent Robert Freeman succumbed to gunshot wounds received on December 30, 1929, near Yountville, California. Agent Freeman was conducting a raid on a ranch when he began to struggle with the owner as the owner tried to destroy a bottle of liquor. During the struggle the suspect shot Agent Freeman twice.

He succumbed to his wounds two months later. The rancher and the rancher's wife were both arrested in connection with the shooting.

On May 23, 1930, the rancher, 58, was convicted of felony assault, sentenced to 10 years in the Federal Penitentiary at McNeil Island, Washington, and fined $1,000. His wife was acquitted. In 1932 the rancher was charged with murder and was to be tried after he served his 10 years. In 1934 the murder charge was dismissed.

Agent Freeman was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location California
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 29, 1929
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82ndanniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 8, 2012

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