Deputy Sheriff George T. Requa

Deputy Sheriff George T. Requa

Elko County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Friday, March 5, 1920

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George T. Requa

Deputy Sheriff George Requa and Constable Arthur St. Clair, of the Deeth Constable's Office, were shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men who had just stolen a car from a cattle company. The officers had been alerted to the theft by the owner and located the car stuck in the mud near Cherry Creek.

As the men approached the car, the suspects opened fire from an ambush position in an irrigation ditch 50 feet away. Constable St. Clair was struck in the chest and killed instantly. Deputy Requa was struck in the head and mortally wounded. He succumbed to his wounds approximately two weeks later.

The county sheriff and another deputy pursued the suspects to Butte Valley where they were arrested. One of the suspects escaped from prison in 1924 and wasn't recaptured for 46 years. He had fled to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where for several years he operated a successful motel business. He later moved to Wyoming where he went bankrupt trying to operate an unsuccessful cattle ranch. From there he moved to Las Angeles, California where he was arrested at his home by police who went there to investigate a family domestic disturbance. As they questioned him he admitted he was a prison escapee. He also admitted to killing a man in Texas. He was returned to Nevada to finish his life sentence but was eventually paroled in 1970 and later died.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, February 22, 1920
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1970

ambush, arrest, escapee

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While traveling through Elko County, I felt gratitude for great men like you who protect society paying the ultimate sacrifice. May the Hand of Providence watch over your posterity.

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Roosevelt Utah Police

June 25, 2022

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