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Detective Arleigh Eugene McCree | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California


Arleigh Eugene McCree

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, February 8, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: Not available

Badge # 12241

Cause: Bomb

Weapon: Explosives; Pipe bomb

Offender: Not available

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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.

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Police Officer Ronald Lawrence Ball
Los Angeles Police Department, California
End of Watch: Saturday, February 8, 1986
Cause: Bomb

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Detective Arleigh McCree was one of the most considerate and professional Detectives I ever met on the Los Angeles Police Department. Detective McCree's LAPD training sessions were so insightful that after attending one of these sessions I always felt I had learned something useful that could be used immediately in my day-to-day duties as a law enforcement officer. Detective McCree's door was always open to discuss whatever was on your mind, he loved street cops and was a cop's cop. I remember the day I heard the awful news of his death and the death of LAPD Officer Ron Ball. LAPD definitely lost two of it's most finest that terrible, terrible day. RIP Sir.

Policeman 3+1
Los Angeles Police Department
July 23, 2015


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