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Deputy Sheriff Orson McRae | Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff

Orson McRae

Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Thursday, July 12, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed by other deputies

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Deputy McRae was shot and killed while rounding up striking miners. He had been sworn in as a deputy on July 11th. On the morning of the deportation, he joined a posse of five deputies who were assigned to pick up striking miners from rooming houses. Deputy McRae was unarmed when he forced his way into Jim Brew's room, who had warned he would shoot. After shooting the deputy, the other posse members returned fire and killed Brew.

Deputy McRae was survived by his wife and four children.

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