Deputy Sheriff Lee Wayne Russ

Deputy Sheriff Lee Wayne Russ

Ward County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, October 29, 2000

Lee Wayne Russ

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.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 703

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Lee Russ was a legend of a man, I knew him since I was around 5 years old, Lee and my Mother worked together as an outsource to the City of El Paso. I remember Lee's presence as a great man and a man well liked and respected by others. Lee and I went in different directions and he was close friends with one of my partners in El Paso Police and I always had an idea where Lee was. Years later we crossed paths as he was working as a Deputy for Ward County and I was an EMT working in Ward County, we came across each other on an accident outside of the City shortly after I began my job. Lee was always kind, giving and always helping others and we would meet on numerous occasions at events in the City and in the County on incident scenes. I had already moved on to working for a Police agency in Dallas when I heard of Lee's passing-it was a great loss to the community and law enforcement but he died doing what he loved-protecting the flock from a Wolf and he found bravely until his passing from injuries incurred protecting a domestic violence victim. I was blessed to be contacted some years later by his daughter and we were able to share special stories and moments about how great Lee was. We are still close to this day! We all miss you Lee! Rest in Peace Great Warrior and God's Peacemaker!

Patrol Officer Paul Boothe
Prosper, Texas

May 5, 2017

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