Federal Prohibition Agent Robert Knox Moncure

Federal Prohibition Agent Robert Knox Moncure

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

End of Watch Saturday, January 18, 1930

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Robert Knox Moncure

Prohibition Agent Robert Moncure and Prohibition Agent Franklin Patterson were shot and killed while serving a search warrant at the home of a bootlegger in West Palm Beach, Florida. The suspect opened fire on Agent Patterson in the kitchen and shot Agent Moncure on the front porch. Two other agents at the scene escaped without being wounded. The suspect was arrested 20 minutes later after a brief standoff with local police. The suspect was acquitted due to a technicality concerning of using a day-time warrant around the time of sunset. The suspect also said he did not know a raid was taking place and was defending his home, although there had been three resent raids resulting in several cases of liquor being confiscated. Charges that resulted in the three raids were dropped.

In 1934 the case was reopened and the suspect was convicted of assault on a federal officer and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. He died in 1958.

Agent Moncure was a US Navy and US Merchant Marine veteran of WWI. He was survived by his wife, 4-year-old son, brother, and three sisters. His body is interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Florida
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Agent Moncure,
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 with the USN and USMM. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

January 18, 2020

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