Special Agent Atha (Nick) Carter
United States Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit
End of Watch: Sunday, December 24, 1922
Tour of Duty: Unknown
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, December 19, 1922
Weapon Used: Gun, unknown type
Suspect Info: Acquitted in State Court
Special Agent Carter died from a gunshot received while trying to apprehend two still operators in Palisade.
Special Agent Carter along with Officer Peter E. Dubois had been driven to Palisade to take into custody two still operators on the Raine ranch near midnight on Tuesday, December 19th, 1922. The officers ordered the moonshiners to put up their hands and one of the criminals fired in their direction, felling Carter. The man who drove the officers to the scene saw Carter fall and thinking both officers would be killed, fled. The officers returned fire and the criminals escaped, though one of their horses was killed. Carter was without medical aid for over eight hours as Dubois walked four miles to the cabin of the driver, which was empty and then ten miles into Palisade. Carter's face and hands were frostbitten from the long wait in the snow. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after 2:00 am on December 24th, 1922.