Montana Law Enforcement Museum

212 E. Broadway
Philipsburg, MT 59858
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Special Deputy William Rader

Meagher County Sheriff's Department

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Special Deputy William Rader was shot and killed as he and a posse attempted to arrest two men who were wanted on larceny warrants out of Wyoming. The suspects had been involved in a shootout with a posse days earlier but had escaped.
When the second posse located them another shootout ensued in which Special Deputy Rader was wounded. The suspects were again able to escape, but were located two days later. Deputy James Mackay was shot and killed during a third shootout. The suspects escaped for a third time.

End of Watch:
May 9, 1893