Special Deputy Sheriff William Rader

Special Deputy Sheriff William Rader

Meagher County Sheriff's Department, Montana

End of Watch Tuesday, May 9, 1893

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William Rader

Special Deputy William Rader was shot and killed as he and a posse attempted to arrest two men who were wanted on larceny warrants out of Wyoming. The suspects had been involved in a shootout with a posse days earlier but had escaped.

When the second posse located them, another shootout ensued in which Special Deputy Rader was wounded. The suspects were again able to escape but were located two days later. Deputy James Mackay was shot and killed during a third shootout. The suspects escaped for a third time.

The suspect who was identified as shooting Deputy Mackay was arrested in Needles, California, in 1895. He was returned to Meagher County, convicted of Deputy Mackay's murder, and hung on December 20, 1895. A second suspect was hanged in Helena, Montana June 8, 1896.

Special Deputy Rader had also served as Sherriff of Meagher County.

He is buried at Mayn Cemetery in White Sulpher Springs, Montana.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1895

arrest attempt

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Special Deputy Sheriff Rader,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Meagher County.


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May 9, 2023

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