End of Watch: 07/28/1928
Agency: U.S. Bureau of A.T.F.
County: Chelan County
On Wednesday, July 25, 1928, Agent Ludwig Johnsen and two agents had gone to a location near Leavenworth to investigate a still.
Upon arriving in the area, the agents encountered two men walking from the still carrying supplies in their arms. The men were the Chelan County sheriff and a deputy who had just raided the still.
Agent Johnsen identified himself as he believed he encountered moonshiners. The sheriff also believed he was dealing with moonshiners so he continued to approach the agents. Trying to get the sheriff to stop, Agent Johnsen fired a warning shot in the ground. The sheriff returned fire, striking Agent Johnsen.
The agent was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds on July 28, 1928.
Agent Johnsen is survived by his wife and five children.