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 Marty 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 was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for 13 years, assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration's Baltimore District Office Task Force. He was survived by his wife, two sons, his mother, five sisters, and two brothers.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 45
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

undercover, narcotics

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Hero Marty Ward. Thank you for your service, reading these reflections shows how great of an impact you have made. Thank you.

Marcus Brown

April 15, 2024

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