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Deputy Sheriff Lee Wayne Russ | Ward County Sheriff's Department, Texas Ward County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Lee Wayne Russ

Ward County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, October 29, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 703

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Shot and killed by Deputy Russ

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Deputy Lee Russ died after being stabbed while at the scene of a domestic disturbance.

Deputy Russ had responded to a 911 call placed by the suspect's wife. Deputy Russ was the first officer on the scene and became involved in a struggle with the suspect. After stabbing Deputy Russ, the suspect then continued to stab his wife to death. Deputy Russ was then able to shoot the suspect, killing him, before he succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Deputy Russ had been stabbed a total of 15 times with a large knife.

Deputy Russ had served with the agency for eleven years. He is survived by three children.

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I just graduated college last week. I wish you could have been there physically, but I know you are always with me in spirit. Everybody keeps telling me how proud you would be of me, and I hope that I will one day make you even prouder. I miss you every day, every hour, every minute.

December 27, 2014


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