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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Det. Orchard,
On today, the 40th 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 U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 20, 2023

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