Detective Gary Lee Ward

Detective Gary Lee Ward

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, February 2, 1985

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Gary Lee Ward

Detective Ward was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a motel burglary suspect. As the two struggled in the hotel courtyard located at 39th and Portland, the burglar gained control of Detective Ward's service revolver. Detective Ward was shot to death with his own weapon. The suspect fled the scene and was arrested several days later.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 199 years in prison. He has a parole hearing in December of 2016. In January of 2014 the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the suspect can have a new trial after a key witness recanted his testimony.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 199 years in prison

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Det. Ward,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Oklahoma City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 2, 2019

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