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 Gary Ward was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a motel burglary suspect at 39th Street and Portland in Oklahoma City.

As the two struggled in the hotel courtyard, 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 2016. In January 2014, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the suspect could have a new trial after a key witness recanted his testimony.

Detective Ward was filling in that evening for his brother-in-law, who was ill. He had served with the Oklahoma City Police Department for 14 years, assigned to the automobile theft division. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

arrest attempt, secondary employment

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I believe he should have been convicted for 1st degree murder, with no change of parole. I hope he Rots in hell n burns !!!

Patrick Crager , no rank

February 5, 2023

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