Agent William Ross Stewart

Agent William Ross Stewart

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, May 8, 1985

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William Ross Stewart

Agent William Stewart was shot and killed as he and members of the Woodward Police Department conducted a narcotics operation at a local chain restaurant.

Agent Stewart and one of the detectives approached the suspect, who was sitting in a van parked in the parking lot. As the three talked, the man fired a 12 gauge shotgun, killing Agent Stewart and wounding the detective.

The suspect fled the scene and buried the shotgun. He was arrested a short time later, and the murder weapon was recovered. The man was convicted of Agent Stewart's murder and sentenced to life in prison. He has a parole hearing in November 2016.

Agent Stewart had served with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control for 3 and a half years and previously served with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by three daughters and a granddaughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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RIP sir.

First Sergeant Thomas M. Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

March 22, 2023

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