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Detective Brian Frederick Orchard | Spokane Police Department, Washington Spokane Police Department, Washington

Detective

Brian Frederick Orchard

Spokane Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 20, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/18/1983

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Detective Orchard was shot and killed while conducting an undercover stakeout of two thieves wanted for the theft of a valuable gun collection. The suspects had attempted to ransom the collection for $20,000. When the men pulled up to the surveillance area Detective Orchard approached the car and identified himself. One of the occupants fired a shot from inside the car, striking Detective Orchard in the head. Both men were later arrested.

Detective Orchard's killer was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. His request for clemency was denied in 2011.

Detective Orchard had served with the agency for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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You were my husbands partner back in the 80's You were so good to our boys and I. You gave me my puppy shortly before your EOW. My son is now a policeman. I thank you, and, God Bless for your service and friendship. I pray for all policemen to be safe. I pray also for your family

Sallie
January 15, 2014

 

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