Dog Sergeant Henry Ward

Dog Sergeant Henry Ward

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch Friday, July 27, 1928

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Henry Ward

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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Raymond Hall and R. R. Carter

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Sgt. Ward,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

July 27, 2018

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