Railroad Detective Colin McMillan

Railroad Detective Colin McMillan

Northern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Tuesday, December 31, 1912

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Colin McMillan

Railroad Detective Colin McMillan was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had just attempted to murder a business rival at his home at 516 South Wyoming Street in Butte, Montana.

The subject was seeking revenge because the business rival had reported him to police after he attempted to sell him stolen brass. The man went to the rival's home and shot him through a window as he sat at his table with his children. The subject was chased by one of the victim's friends. Detective McMillan, who was on duty at the nearby Northern Pacific Depot, was shot when he confronted the man.

Two subjects were arrested and held in connection with Detective McMillan's murder and the citizen's attempted murder.

Detective McMillan was survived by his brother.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Montana
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 104th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

June 15, 2016

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