Chief of Police Orville Edwin Sharbono

Chief of Police Orville Edwin Sharbono

Fairview Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Saturday, March 17, 1990

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Orville Edwin Sharbono

Chief of Police Orville Sharbono was shot and killed while serving civil papers.

While on the scene the suspect flanked Chief Sharbono from a side door and shot him in the lower back. Chief Sharbono was able to return fire and wound the suspect, however, as he lay on the ground the suspect walked over to him and shot him in the head. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life.

Chief Sharbono was survived by his wife and three grown children.


  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 27-6

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

civil papers

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My 2 friends and I had talked to Orville 20 minutes before he was shot. We were at the Hotel Albert having lunch and he stopped by our table. He said he was on his way to service a warrant and was dreading it. Someone else was supposed to deliver it but they were out of town. Within 20 minutes someone came running in and said Jim Allen had killed Orville. Everyone was crying. It was the saddest day in Fairview's long history. He was loved by the community.

Annabelle Heiser
Neighbor and friend

March 17, 2018

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