Arleigh McCree

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Arleigh E. McCree
Born (1939-12-24)December 24, 1939
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died February 8, 1986(1986-02-08) (aged 46)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Relatives Edith McCree (wife)
John McCree (son)
Kathleen Downing (daughter)
Awards Policemedal.JPG - LAPD Medal for Heroism
Police career
Department Los Angeles Police Department
Badge number 12241 [1]
Country  United States of America
Allegiance  Los Angeles, California
Years of service February 1965 – February 1986
Rank Detective

Detective Arleigh Eugene McCree (December 24, 1939 – February 8, 1986) was the Officer in Charge of the Firearms and Explosives Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department and counter-terrorism specialist, widely recognized as one of the top explosive experts in the world.

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McCree investigated the Symbionese Liberation Army bomb making operations in 1976 and was part of the bomb squad that investigated the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. A year later, McCree headed the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics bomb squad. McCree had written a text on explosive devices. In 1982 he testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism. He said government manuals on how to make bombs were too easy for terrorists to get.


McCree was also a contributor to Military Police magazine.


McCree was killed along with officer Ronald Ball in a 1986 bomb disposal operation in North Hollywood, California. Both officers were attempting to defuse two pipe bombs in a murder suspect's garage when they both detonated. McCree died instantly, and Ball would die about an hour later.

He is honored among the fallen officers in the line of duty at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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