Detective Arleigh Eugene McCree

Detective Arleigh Eugene McCree

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 8, 1986

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Arleigh Eugene McCree

Detective Arleigh McCree and Officer Ronald Ball were killed while attempting to defuse two booby-trapped pipe bombs. The officers, both members of the Bomb Squad, were called to a home that was being searched in connection with a shooting. The officers conducting the search located the two pipe bombs in a garage and called the Bomb Squad to the scene. While examining the devices the officers determined they were booby trapped and moved all of the other officers away from the scene.

As Detective McCree and Officer Ball attempted to defuse the bombs they detonated, killing Detective McCree instantly and fatally wounding Officer Ball, who succumbed to the wounds at a local hospital several hours later.

Detective McCree was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a world-renowned bomb expert and assisted with the investigation of the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon. He was even offered a high-paying job by the dictator Moammar Khadafy to train terrorists how to build bombs.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 12241
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Weapon Explosives; Pipe bomb
  • Offender Not available

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my father and Arleigh McCree we're best friends they met in the Navy when they left the Navy they both went to work for LAPD on February 10th 1968 Arleigh showed up at our house that evening and informed us that our father had been killed it was 10 days before my 11th birthday on February 9th 1986 my twin called and told me Arleigh was killed Arleigh and my father officer Donald L highly were killed in the same month 2 days apart and we're buried on the same day except Arleigh was killed in 86 and my father was killed in 68 to this all I can think of is best friends. they made a difference in this world and may the two of them be at peace.

Donald Highley
Loving friend

September 17, 2019

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