This was a two-month running gun battle, matching Tracy against most of the law officers in Oregon and Washington. On
June 9, 1902, Tracy escaped from Oregon State Penitentiary, killing three corrections officers and three civilians in the process. Subject to a massive manhunt, Tracy evaded the dragnet for a month and then set up an ambush near Bothell, Washington, where he killed two more lawmen. Tracy ran, took hostages, and got into a third shootout in which he killed two more posse members.