Inspector Kenneth G. Ward

Inspector Kenneth G. Ward

United States Department of the Treasury - 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 / Canadian border crossing in Lynden, Washington.

Inspector Ward was working alone at the time and had asked the occupants of a vehicle to come into the inspection station. While Inspector Ward ran a check on the male the man pulled out a handgun and fatally shot Inspector Ward. At the time the man was wanted in California for murder.

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

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

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Washington
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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Inspector Ward,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe during the Cold War as a member of the 8th Infantry Division-the “Pathfinder” Division. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 24, 2019

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