Inspector Kenneth G. Ward

Inspector Kenneth G. Ward

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, May 24, 1979

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Kenneth G. Ward

Inspector Kenneth Ward was shot and killed at the United States Port of Entry in Lynden, Washington.

Two subjects had been sent inside the border station for secondary screening after showing signs of deception. Unbeknownst to Inspector Ward and the other inspector who was working, the two were members of a radical group associated with the Symbionese Liberation Army, and one of them had escaped from a California prison while serving a sentence for two murders.

As Inspector Ward attempted to pat down the male subject he suddenly drew a .45 caliber handgun and shot Inspector Ward in the chest. The man then shot at the other inspector as both subjects fled to their car. A DEA agent who was inside of the border station heard the shots and was able to follow the vehicle as it fled.

The shooter and his female acquaintance were arrested the following day just east of Lynden. Both were convicted of Inspector Ward's murder.

In 1987 the United States Congress authorized the naming of a Customs House after Inspector Ward.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Washington
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Convicted of murder


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Remembering and honouring this man, Kenneth, or Gerry, as he was fondly known to many. This has been our favourite and often travelled crossing into the US for at least 20 years. I feel bad not knowing the tragic history and hence the name of this crossing before today. No one should ever die in the line of duty upholding justice. So sad and tragic. Thank you to all who guard the borders. May you always be protected.
Now, each time I cross (once we can once again visit my family in the US) my heart will be heavy. God bless you all.

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July 4, 2020

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