Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Special Agent John Wilson and Special Agent Walter Gilbert were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man during an undercover operation in Fort Wayne.
The agents had arranged with the man to meet at a bridge for the delivery of liquor.
When the man arrived he suspected he was being setup and opened fire, striking Agent Wilson four times, killing him instantly. Agent Gilbert was struck once in the back and died from the wounds he suffered at Lutheran Hospital later that evening.
The 35-year-old suspect, who was also shot and wounded, was apprehended the following day.
Special Agent Wilson, from Rockwell City, Iowa, was survived by his wife.
United States Army – United States Navy
• This incident was one of 24 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.
The responsibilities of the Bureau of Prohibition – U.S. Department of Justice (1930–1933) are now under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – U.S. Department of Justice.