On the night of Aug. 30, 1936, Deputy Sheriff Martin Lange and Constable Joseph Clark were summoned to a remote area near Horse Creek in Siskiyou County. They were to serve a warrant for battery on the Brite brothers who were camped in that area.
As the officers, along with two civilians, attempted to place the brothers under arrest, a fight ensued. Both officers and one of the civilians were shot and killed. The brothers were convicted of first-degree murder. Their death sentences were later commuted to life in prison.