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Detective Gary Lee Ward | Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

Detective

Gary Lee Ward

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Saturday, February 2, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 199 years in prison

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Detective Ward was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a motel burglary suspect. As the two struggled in the hotel courtyard located at 39th and Portland, the burglar gained control of Detective Ward's service revolver. Detective Ward was shot to death with his own weapon. The suspect fled the scene and was arrested several days later.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 199 years in prison. He has a parole hearing in December of 2016. In January of 2014 the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the suspect can have a new trial after a key witness recanted his testimony.

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Gary hired me to work my first extra job catching shoplifters at Spartan-Atlantic on N Lincoln in 1971. Rest in Peace brother.

Ret. Sgt Gordon Robertson
OCPD
June 21, 2017

 

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