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 Carl Drake, Policeman

Carl Drake

Tuesday, February 23, 1926

Drake, Carl

Rank: Policeman

Serial Number: Unknown

Division: Wilshire

Location: 11880 Budlong Ave.

Date Killed: Tuesday, February 23, 1926

Cause of Death: Shot Accidentally

Bio: Ofcr Drake and another man went to the
location in an attempt to serve a search warrant on a known
bootlegging lay over house. The new home owner moved in 10 days
prior and was not involved in the prior inhabitants bootlegging
activity. When Ofcr Drake knocked on the door and demanded entry,
the home owner asked to see the search warrant. When Ofcr Drake
refused to ID himself or provide the search warrant, the home owner
armed himself with a .45 revolver. Ofcr Drake and another man then
began to kick in the front door. The home owner warned Ofcr Drake
that he was armed and would open fire if he continued to try to
break in. Ofcr Drake and the other man continued their actions and
the home owner fired one .45 cal bullet through the front door. The
home owner called the Police to report the incident. Responding
Officers located Ofcr Drake's accomplice walking along the street
with blood stained clothes. Ofcrs followed the blood trail back to
an abandoned house and discovered the body of Ofcr Drake. Follow up
investigation showed several doctored court documents and search
warrants in Ofcr Drakes residence. And his accomplice was a parolee
from Chicago with an extensive criminal record. The home owner was
not charged in the shooting of Officer Drake.

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