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


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

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: 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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Rest in Peace Officer Ricky Lee Ward. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Mexia, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends, Co-Workers and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thug who murdered you is soon rotting in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 3, 2016


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