Detective Arleigh Eugene McCree

Detective Arleigh Eugene McCree

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 8, 1986

Arleigh Eugene McCree

Detective Arleigh McCree and Officer Ronald Ball were killed while attempting to defuse two booby-trapped pipe bombs. The officers, both members of the Bomb Squad, were called to a home that was being searched in connection with a shooting. The officers conducting the search located the two pipe bombs in a garage and called the Bomb Squad to the scene. While examining the devices the officers determined they were booby trapped and moved all of the other officers away from the scene.

As Detective McCree and Officer Ball attempted to defuse the bombs they detonated, killing Detective McCree instantly and fatally wounding Officer Ball, who succumbed to the wounds at a local hospital several hours later.

Detective McCree was a world-renowned bomb expert and assisted with the investigation of the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon. He was even offered a high-paying job by the dictator Moammar Khadafy to train terrorists how to build bombs.

Bio

  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 12241

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Weapon Explosives; Pipe bomb
  • Offender Not available

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Det. McCree,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN as well as all your Counter-Terrorism work also. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

February 8, 2018

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