Home News Galleries 2012 Photo Gallery Remembering Special Agent Joseph Brock

Remembering Special Agent Joseph Brock

On July 26, 1952—60 years ago today—Special Agent Joseph Brock was in pursuit of Arthur Puff, one of FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, when tragedy struck. After learning that Puff would be visiting a hotel in New York City, Agent Brock helped set up surveillance in the lobby. The operation went horribly wrong, and Puff shot Agent Brock twice in the chest, killing him. Other agents were able to arrest Puff, who was ultimately convicted of the murder. For more information on Agent Brock, see http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/hallhonor/brock/. Since the FBI’s creation on July 26, 1908—104 years ago today—a total of 36 special agents have been killed as a direct result of an adversarial action and another 19 agents have given their lives in the performance of a law enforcement duty. See our Hall of Honor at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/hallhonor for details. And see our history page at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history for more information on the FBI through the years.