Detective Marcellus Ward

Detective Marcellus Ward

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Monday, December 3, 1984

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Marcellus Ward

Detective Marcellus Ward was shot and killed while working on an undercover assignment.

He was shot and killed as he and other Baltimore officers and a DEA agent attempted to arrest a heroin dealer at 1829 Frederick Avenue. The suspect was taken into custody following the shootout.

He was convicted of Detective Ward's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Detective Ward had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for 13 years and was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration's Baltimore District Office Task Force. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 45

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

narcotics, undercover

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December 3rd is always hard for me. My uncle died when I was young, but I still remember it like it yesterday. It's amazing how someone can shape and influence your life so many years later and that is a testament to how strong and positive his character was. I hope he is proud of me; proud of my service others and proud of the family that still honors his legacy today and forever. I know that Uncle Marty and my dear grandmother are watching over us, protecting and guiding us. Forever my hero.

Dacia N. Dickey Bey

December 3, 2020

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