Special Officer John MacLeod

Special Officer John MacLeod

Crow Nation Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Friday, October 29, 1926

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John MacLeod

Special Officer John MacLeod and Sheriff Robert Gilmore, of the Big Horn County Sheriff's Department, were shot and killed when they went to arrest a transient. The man was the suspect in several burglaries in the county and wanted for disturbing the peace on the reservation.

The officers told him the charges would be dropped if he left town. The officers went to his shack to arrest him after he failed to leave town. They were confronted by the man with a .22 caliber rifle and the man opened fire, fatally wounding Sheriff Gilmore in the neck. The suspect then wounded the Undersheriff before barricading himself in his shack.

As Officer MacLeod attempted to kick in the back door he was shot in the groin. The round struck an artery and Officer MacLeod bled to death. Deputies from Yellowstone County responded to the scene and set the house on fire. As the man fled he was shot and killed by the crowd.

Officer MacLeod had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife, Lillie, a son John, and daughter, Jessie.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Montana
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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He should never be forgotten.

However, he was survived by his wife, Lillie, a son John, and daughter, Jessie. His son John was a POW in the Philippines during WWII having captured after the fall of Bataan. Fortunately, he survived the war.

R. Merran MacLeod

February 28, 2015

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