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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, you and I worked the same extra job at the Holiday Inn where you killed. We were working for Les McCaleb. I was off that night and you were working. Rest in Peace my fellow OCPD officer. You earned it.

Ret. Lt. Jodie Perkins 1970-2001
OCPD
August 10, 2016

 

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