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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My Friend; My Mentor; My Big Brother; My Hero. Marty was the Big Brother I never had. He gave me driving lessons and even took me to the DMV at Mondarmin Mall to take the driving test and get my license with his silver and burgundy Olds Cutless. He was a major influence on my decision to join the Army as a Military Policeman. He would often tell me stories of his time in the Marine Corps. When Marty died I was stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia as a Criminal Investigator. The news of his passing literally broke my heart and I was in total disbelief for months. I followed all the news releases and heard pieces of the audio recordings that were just so sad. Those recordings continue to haunt me to this day. I was able to attend the funeral service and there were Law Enforcement Officers in attendance from all over the Country. Marty was truly loved, respected, and honored by all that knew him. I still have a copy of his obituary inside the front cover of my photo album. I have nothing but pleasant memories of Marty and I miss him every day. All of the reflections posted on this site are a testament to the character of this great man. It is because of him that I am in part the man I am today. Thank you Marty. To his family I send my most sincere condolences. God Bless, and Rest In Peace.

First Sergeant Retired Brent E. Bacon
U.S. Army Military Police Corps / Friend

September 20, 2020

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