Special Agent William Smith Grubb

Special Agent William Smith Grubb

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, March 31, 1933

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William Smith Grubb

Special Agent William Grubb was killed when he was crushed between a vehicle and a telephone pole while attempting to arrest a liquor smuggler in San Francisco, California. He had jumped onto the running board of the smuggler's car at the Hyde Street ferry slip as it sped away.

The suspect, who had been a federal fugitive for several years, was charged with Agent Grubb's murder but acquitted at trial.

Agent Grubb was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Location California
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Acquitted

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Agent Grubb,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Navy during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 31, 2023

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