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Sheriff Robert F. McBride | Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Sheriff

Robert F. McBride

Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Saturday, February 9, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/9/1918

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Robert McBride, Undersheriff Martin Kempton, and Deputy Sheriff Kane Wooten were shot and killed as they approached a cabin where they intended to arrest two brothers and another man for draft evasion. During the exchange of gunfire, one suspect was also killed at the scene.

A month later three suspects were captured by a U.S. Cavalry Patrol near Hachita, New Mexico.

Three of the suspects, two of them brothers, were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Two were paroled in 1960 and pardoned in 1969; the third suspect died in prison on January 24, 1957, at the age of 86. At that time he was Arizona's oldest prisoner. A fourth suspect was killed at the scene.

Sheriff McBride was survived by his wife and and seven children and is buried in Pima Cemetery, Pima, Graham County, Arizona.

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