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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Agent Kearney,
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 during WW I.


United States Border Patrol

July 6, 2020

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