Leroy R. Wood

Image of Prohibition Agent Leroy Richard Wood
Date of Birth: 
Date of Death: 
April 16, 1933
Location of Death: 
Poinsett County, AR
Image of the Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms badge

Circumstances of Death

Prohibition Agents Leroy Richard Wood and Ralph Keck were patrolling the highways in Poinsett County, AR.  They stopped a suspicious vehicle and arrested Fred Wilkerson, Ott Wilkerson and Albert Bradley for transporting illicit liquor.  Since the Government car was only a two-seater, the agents and suspects had to split up.  Fred Wilkerson was in the lead driving the government car with Agent Wood sitting beside him.

Agent Keck followed in the suspect's car with the other two prisoners.  As they proceeded towards Jonesboro they passed the Wilkerson family farm.  Fred Wilkerson suddenly drove down the driveway at a high rate of speed, stopping in front of the house.  Agent Wood and Wilkerson then began fighting inside the car.  They were soon joined by Wilkerson family members from the farm house and Agent Keck, who had followed them down the driveway.

In the melee that followed, Fred Wilkerson grabbed one of the agents' guns and while others held them, he shot Agent Wood in the head and also wounded Agent Keck.  Agent Wood was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in Jonesboro, but he died the following morning.  Agent Keck survived. Fred Wilkerson later confessed to the murder of Agent Wood and was convicted in State court.


Agent Wood joined the Bureau of Prohibition on March 25, 1931, with an annual salary of $2,300.  He carried badge #503.


Agent Wood was born in Luxora, AR.  He was survived by his wife, Evelyn.

Associated Artifacts: 
Image of newspaper article in the Olean Evening Times, dated April 27, 1933 with headline: Piracy and Murder in Boose War As Crime Wave Grows on Coast
Image of hospital record for Leroy Wood
Image of newspaper photograph of Dry Agent Slain
Image of Thank You note from Mrs. Leroy Wood
Image of telegram regarding the death of Investigator Leroy Wood
Image of telegram regarding the shooting of Investigator Leroy Wood
Last Reviewed September 23, 2016