Killing of Herbert Benjamin Richardson in Texas in 1930


Case summary

Herbert Benjamin Richardson (1895-1930), a bootlegger who ran a speakeasy, was killed by federal prohibition agent Ernest G. Wells in Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas. Wells, agent Jack E. Harrison, and others raided Richardson’s home in search of liquor. Wells broke up an argument between Richardson and Harrison, and alleged that Richardson then pulled a gun, causing Wells to shoot him in self-defense. Wells was held on a murder charge.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1930-08-06
Location: Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: possessing alcohol in violation of prohibition laws; running a speakeasy; pointing a gun at a federal agent

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Criminal process
Arrest: yes
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