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Earl A. Roberts

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March 24, 1929

Patrol Inspector Earl A. Roberts was shot by a liquor smuggler on the St. Clair River, in Algonac, Michigan. Inspector Roberts was working with Patrol Inspector Stanley H. Graham, when they noticed a motorboat towing a small rowboat approaching from Canada. The officers attempted to intercept the boat and separated to converge on a probable landing point. The motorboat came to the shore at which time Patrol Inspector Roberts and identified himself as a federal officer. Graham flashed his light on the occupants and observed that an individual standing in the center of the boat with a .45 caliber revolver aimed at Roberts. Graham instructed Brown to surrender, but he fired, point-blank, at Inspector Roberts turning to Graham and firing the remaining bullets. Graham returned without hitting Brown.