Robert R. Evans

Image of Special Agent Robert Richard Evans
Date of Birth: 
1889
Date of Death: 
April 19, 1941
Location of Death: 
  Durham, NC
Picture of US Treasury Department IRS Investigator badge

Circumstances of Death

Special Agent Robert Richard Evans had spent the evening interviewing a suspect at the Rocky Mount Police Department and was returning to Durham, NC.  According to several eye-witnesses, at about 11:15 p.m., as Agent Evans drove along Highway 70 outside Durham, a suspected drunk driver cut in front of his government automobile causing a collision.  As a result, the government car overturned and Agent Evans was crushed.  He died at the scene.

Background

Agent Evans joined the Bureau of Prohibition on February 6, 1931.  He served in many different field offices, including Boston, Baltimore, Providence, RI; Roanoke, VA; Jacksonville and St. Augustine, FL; and Charlotte and Durham, NC.  Agent Evans had previously been involved in several well publicized gunfights with moonshiners.  He was considered an outstanding agent.  Previously, Agent Evans was a detective with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Police.

Personal

Agent Evans was born in Utica, NY.  He was survived by his wife, Florence Elizabeth and their daughter, Alona.

Last Reviewed August 19, 2015