Federal Prohibition Agent George Nantz, Jr.

Federal Prohibition Agent George Nantz, Jr.

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

End of Watch Wednesday, July 20, 1927

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George Nantz, Jr.

Federal Prohibition Agent George Nantz was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest in London, Kentucky.

He, along with other prohibition agents, local deputies, and a deputy United States marshal, had gone to the location to investigate reports of illegal liquor sales. As they entered a camp they encountered several armed men who ordered them to leave.

The officers retreated from the area to avoid a shootout. Agent Nantz obtained federal arrest warrants for the men and returned the camp the following day. They arrested four men but a fifth man began to flee. As he ran behind a building he fired his pistol over his shoulder, killing Agent Nantz.

The man who shot him was arrested, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 7 years. He was paroled on March 26, 1932.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kentucky
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1932

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Thank you for service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 20, 2020

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