Montana Law Enforcement Museum

212 E. Broadway
Philipsburg, MT 59858
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Deputy James Mackay

Meagher County Sheriff's Department

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Deputy James Mackay succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier while riding with a posse attempting to capture two men who had murdered Special Deputy William Rader two days earlier. The suspect was arrested in Needles, California, in 1895 and returned to Meagher County. He was convicted of Deputy Mackay's murder and hanged on December 20, 1895. A second suspect was hanged in Helena, Montana June 8, 1896.

End of Watch:
May 13, 1893