Circumstances of Death
Prohibition Agent George Stewart, working undercover, entered a "soft-drink" cafe in Buffalo, NY, to purchase illicit liquor. A female patron apparently recognized Agent Stewart and tipped off the owner. As Agent Stewart departed the store, he was shot nine times by two suspects. Although badly wounded, he managed to draw his own weapon and fire once. Agent Stewart died at the scene. Brothers Sam and Ralph Pannavaia were later identified as being responsible for the killing and arrested.
Agent Stewart joined the Prohibition Unit on July 18, 1922, with an annual salary of $1,800.
Agent Stewart was born in Washington, DC. He was survived by his wife.