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Dog Sergeant Henry Ward | Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Dog Sergeant

Henry Ward

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, July 27, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Raymond Hall and R. R. Carter

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Sergeant Henry Ward was shot and killed during an escape at the Imperial State Farm Number 2 near Sugar Land in Fort Bend County, Texas.

Several prisoners had attacked another guard and disarmed him of his pistol and shotgun. As the guard retreated on horseback, the convicts began firing at him. Hearing the shooting, Sergeant Ward immediately went to the guard's assistance, but was struck by a shotgun blast and fell from his horse. He was then shot through the throat with a pistol and died within minutes.

A total of eight inmates escaped from the farm but were apprehended by a posse. Seven of the inmates were charged with murdering Sergeant Ward and wounding two of the deputies in the posse. Raymond Hall and R. R. Carter were convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Henry Ward. Raymond Hall was pardoned August 12, 1943, and R.R. Carter was pardoned September 30, 1944.

One of the wounded Fort Bend County deputies was Frank Bell who would die on October 10, 1930 in an line of duty automobile accident.

Alvin Ireland, one of the inmates who participated in the escape, had been involved in an escape on July 22, 1926, in which Guard William Rader was shot and killed. Ireland was released April 5, 1940.

No personal information is known about Sergeant Ward.

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Guard William M. "Will" Rader
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 22, 1926
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Frank Pleasants Bell
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End of Watch: Friday, October 10, 1930
Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Rest in Peace Sergeant Henry Ward. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Ancestors and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thugs who murdered you rot in hell.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 4, 2016

 

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