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Johnsen, Agent Ludwig P.

End of Watch: 
Saturday, July 28, 1928
County: 
Chelan
Agency: 
U.S. Bureau of A.T.F.

Federal Prohibition Agent Ludwig Johnsen was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity. Agent Johnsen and two other agents had gone to a location near Leavenworth, to investigate a still. When they arrived they encountered two men walking from the still carrying supplies. The two men were the Chelan County Sheriff and a deputy who had just raided the still. Agent Johnsen, thinking the two men were moonshiners, identified himself. The sheriff, believing the federal agents were moonshiners, continued approaching. Agent Johnsen fired a warning shot into the ground and the sheriff returned fire, striking Johnsen. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Agent Johnsen was survived by his wife and five children.