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Deputy Sheriff George T. Requa | Elko County Sheriff's Office, Nevada Elko County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

Deputy Sheriff

George T. Requa

Elko County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch: Friday, March 5, 1920

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/22/1920

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1970

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Deputy Sheriff George Requa and Constable Arthur St. Clair, of the Deeth Constable's Office, were shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men who had just stolen a car from a cattle company. The officers had been alerted to the theft by the owner and located the car stuck in the mud near Cherry Creek.

As the men approached the car, the suspects opened fire from an ambush position in an irrigation ditch 50 feet away. Constable St. Clair was struck in the chest and killed instantly. Deputy Requa was struck in the head and mortally wounded. He succumbed to his wounds approximately two weeks later.

The county sheriff and another deputy pursued the suspects to Butte Valley where they were arrested. One of the suspects escaped from prison in 1924 and wasn't recaptured for 46 years. He had fled to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where for several years he operated a successful motel business. He later moved to Wyoming where he went bankrupt trying to operate an unsuccessful cattle ranch. From there he moved to Las Angeles, California where he was arrested at his home by police who went there to investigate a family domestic disturbance. As they questioned him he admitted he was a prison escapee. He also admitted to killing a man in Texas. He was returned to Nevada to finish his life sentence but was eventually paroled in 1970 and later died.

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End of Watch: Sunday, February 22, 1920
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