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 Sheriff Orson McRae was shot and killed while rounding up striking miners.

He had been sworn in as a deputy the day before and 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 a boarding house room. After shooting the deputy, the other posse members returned fire and killed the subject.

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


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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff McRae.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 27, 2022

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