Deputy Sheriff Orson McRae

Deputy Sheriff Orson McRae

Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Thursday, July 12, 1917

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Orson McRae

Deputy McRae was shot and killed while rounding up striking miners. He had been sworn in as a deputy on July 11th. On the morning of the deportation, he joined a posse of five deputies who were assigned to pick up striking miners from rooming houses. Deputy McRae was unarmed when he forced his way into Jim Brew's room, who had warned he would shoot. After shooting the deputy, the other posse members returned fire and killed Brew.

Deputy McRae was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed by other deputies

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 12, 2020

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