Detective Brian Frederick Orchard

Detective Brian Frederick Orchard

Spokane Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Wednesday, July 20, 1983

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Brian Frederick Orchard

Detective Brian Orchard was shot and killed while conducting an undercover stakeout of two thieves wanted for the theft of a valuable gun collection at the 500 block of South Pine.

The suspects had attempted to ransom the collection for $20,000. When the men pulled up to the surveillance area, Detective Orchard approached the car and identified himself. One of the occupants fired a shot from inside the car, striking Detective Orchard in the head. Both men were later arrested.

Detective Orchard's killer was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His request for clemency was denied in 2011 and 2022.

Detective Orchard was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Spokane Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 55
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, July 18, 1983
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

stakeout, undercover

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While I did not have the honor of knowing Brian, I did have the honor of working with his Son Keith whom was an instrumental part of building Empowering, Inc. As the most ethical Assistant Director, Keith brought joy and learning through experiential activities to thousands of vulnerable kids and families. With science, Rubber Chickens, hoola hoops and a massive presence, Keith always showed me how he lived in the light of his father. Can you make a solid and a liquid at the SAME TIME? Yep- and Keith had a knack for making the messy experiment fun. It gave me great joy to see Brian Orchard recognized still in our community. I know the importance keeping his memory alive is priceless to his family. I know he touched many in our community through his family and friends, not just his service to our safety.
Peace and blessings, april

April Cathcart
Empowering, Inc.

September 21, 2021

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