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Orchard, Detective Brian F.

End of Watch: 
Wednesday, July 20, 1983
County: 
Spokane
Agency: 
Spokane P.D.

Detective Orchard was shot and killed while conducting an undercover stakeout of two thieves wanted for the theft of a valuable gun collection. The suspects had attempted to ransom the collection for $20,000. When the men pulled up to the surveillance area Detective Orchard approached the car and identified himself. One of the occupants fired a shot from inside the car, striking Detective Orchard in the head. The men were later arrested and convicted of the murder. Detective Orchard had served with the agency for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.