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Patrolman Ricky Lee Ward | Mexia Police Department, Texas Mexia Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Ricky Lee Ward

Mexia Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, August 2, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 308

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/2/1993

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Ricky Ward was shot and killed while chasing a suspected shoplifter.

During the chase the suspect dropped a match box. Believing it contained narcotics, Patrolman Ward stopped to pick it up as evidence. The suspect's cousin was hiding in some bushes next to where Patrolman Ward was and opened fire with a .380 caliber automatic pistol. One round struck Patrolman Ward in the side, passing in-between the panels of his vest, and penetrated his aorta.

Patrolman Ward was transported to a local hospital where he died approximately two hours later. The shoplifting suspect was never charged in Patrolman Ward's murder, however; the shooting suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Ward had been employed with the Mexia Police Departmentfor two years.

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Ricky and I grew up together in Fairfield, TX. He was a great friend and one of the funniest people I've ever known. I still miss ya, Rick.

Alan Burkhart
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August 10, 2013

 

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