Special Agent Dale F. Kearney

Special Agent Dale F. Kearney

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

End of Watch Sunday, July 6, 1930

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Dale F. Kearney

Special Agent Dale Kearney was shot and killed as a result of bootlegging investigations he was conducting in Aguilar, Colorado.

He had received a threatening phone call warning him to stay away from certain operations in Trinidad and Aguilar, Colorado. Several days later he received a tip while at home and drove to Aguilar. While there his car overheated and he was forced to seek help from a mechanic. While waiting for a tow truck Agent Kearney was shot and killed by one or more assassins. His body was found with 16 bullet wounds.

No suspects were ever identified.

Agent Kearney was a WWI veteran and had served with the Bureau of Prohibition for 13 months. He was survived by his wife and two small children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 1422
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Colorado
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Case never solved

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Prohibition Agent Kearney is the subject of a ten year research effort by authors B.Lee Charlton and Chuck Hornung (See Trail of Shadows: The Unsolved Murders of Prohibition Agents Dale Kearney & Ray Sutton. McFarland Publishing Inc.: North Carolina, 2019) Sutton was murdered near Raton NM (August 28, 1930) six weeks after Kearney's death by interrelated crime families. One of Dales's two daughters married a son of Prohibition Investigator Willard Ellsworth Lukens (1897-1983), an assigned responder to the Aguilar murder crime scene. Sutton had been working the Kearney case also before his own murder.

B. Lee Charlton, DEA Sr. Intel Spec.
X-FBI SA (62-67); DEA (1976-2009)

August 26, 2019

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