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

Deputy Sheriff

Lee Wayne Russ

Ward County Sheriff's Office, 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

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Deputy Sheriff 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.

Despite his wounds, Deputy Russ was able fatally shoot the subject. Deputy Russ had been stabbed a total of 15 times with a large knife.

Deputy Russ had served with the Ward County Sheriff's Office for eleven years. He is survived by three children.

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I was hired fresh out of college back in my home town as a adult county probation officer in 1996. Part of my job duties were to make late night visits and conduct bar checks in search of probationers. With no backup and the department not being allowed to carry, I was off to do my first bar check alone. I checked out with the Sheriff's office at my location. A few minutes later with me trying to get my nerve up and still siting in my vehicle, up pulls an SO car and it's Lee Russ, who offers to assist me in a walk through one of the roughest bars in town. He later said for me to call on him anytime I needed assistance. Through him and this experience I learned the courage, duty and obligation my job entails. Thanks for being an example to me. I eventually moved on to work in my current capacity as a federal officer and his example still permeates through me and the work I do.

Senior United States Probation Officer A
U.S. Probation
November 2, 2016


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