Federal Prohibition Agent John Nicola

Federal Prohibition Agent John Nicola

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

End of Watch Thursday, October 4, 1928

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John Nicola

Federal Prohibition Agent John Nicola was killed in an automobile accident near Baltimore, Maryland, while he and two other prohibition agents pursued a vehicle they suspected of transporting liquor.

The vehicle they were chasing down Ridge Road suddenly turned onto Selma Avenue. Agent Nicola attempted to follow them but lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The two other agents and a prisoner in their custody were injured in the crash.

The suspects driving the vehicle took the injured officers to the hospital, and they left without anyone knowing who they were. They were never apprehended. The prisoner fled after the crash but was captured a couple of weeks later.

Agent Nicola was a United States Army World War I veteran and had served as a prohibition officer for two years. He had previously served on the Metropolitan Police Department, DC, for five years. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Location Maryland
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Never apprehended

vehicle pursuit, vehicle crash, prisoner custody

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

October 4, 2020

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