Charles C. Rouse

Date of Birth: 
1892
Date of Death: 
June 12, 1927
Location of Death: 
Baltimore, MD

Circumstances of Death

Prohibition Agents Charles Carroll Rouse, Eugene Jackson and George Busch had received information that illicit liquor was being delivered nightly to a house on Wayson Alley, in Baltimore, MD.  During surveillance, agents noticed a suspicious car parked next to an open garage.  Agents Jackson and Busch ran into the alley, announced their identity and arrested two men unloading liquor.  Agent Rouse arrived and saw shadows moving inside the garage.  Concerned for the safety of his fellow agents, he stepped into the garage to investigate and gunshots immediately erupted.  A volley of gunfire was exchanged between Agent Rouse and an unknown suspect.  Agent Rouse was seriously wounded and rushed to Mercy Hospital, where he died five days later.  Suspect Laveri Guiseppe was arrested for the murder of Agent Rouse.

Background

Agent Rouse joined the Prohibition Unit on July 31, 1924, with an annual salary of $1,680.

Personal

Agent Rouse was born in Fauquier County, VA.  He was survived by his wife, Lillian.  He is buried in Alexandria, VA.

Associated Artifacts: 
Image of the Washington Post newspaper article, dated June 8, 1927, titled Dry Officer Shot in Baltimore Raid
Image of a newspaper article with headline, C C Rouse Dies of Wound
Image of Charles C. Rouse's certificate of death
Image of Charles C Rouse's Service Record Card
Last Reviewed August 19, 2015