Deputy Sheriff Oscar Ward

Deputy Sheriff Oscar Ward

Grundy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, March 4, 1947

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Oscar Ward

Deputy Sheriff Oscar Ward was shot and killed after approaching a group of men who were drinking in Palmer, Tennessee.

One of the men suddenly ran but tripped over a wire. When the man stood up he opened fire, killing Deputy Ward. The suspect, 45, was charged with murder and tried twice. Both trials ended with a hung jury.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charges dismissed

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Deputy Sheriff Ward,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Grundy County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 4, 2022

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