Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber
Offender: Died in mental hospital
Deputy Kevan Ward and Deputy Bobby Nolen were shot and killed when they gave a ride to an 82-year-old man whose car had broken down. Unknown to the deputies, the man had a revolver hidden in his jacket. As they entered the city limits of Ripley the man shot both deputies in the back of the head. Their patrol car crossed the median, climbed up an embankment, and crashed into a field. A policeman found both deputies sitting upright with their seat belts on. Both were dead. The suspect was in the back seat, unconscious from the impact.
The suspect had a criminal history that dated back to 1927. He had been convicted of assaults, weapons violations, and various other crimes. He was committed to a mental institution where he died in September of 1995.
Deputy Ward had served with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and four children.
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Deputy Sheriff Bobby Joe Nolen