Sergeant Robert D. Ward

Sergeant Robert D. Ward

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Thursday, May 15, 1969

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Robert D. Ward

Sergeant Ward was killed when suspects in a stolen vehicle rammed his patrol car. Sergeant Ward and two other officers were on patrol in the Sergeant's vehicle when they heard a vehicle pursuit. They proceeded to the area and spotted the suspect's vehicle. The suspect's vehicle swerved into the patrol car's lane and the vehicles collided head on. The two officers with Sergeant Ward were injured and Sergeant Ward was killed. One suspect also died and the other was arrested.

Sergeant Ward had been a member of the Seattle Police Department for 16 years and is survived by his three children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender One died; one arrested

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Sgt. Ward:

Sir: I had the pleasure yesterday (6/12/19) to meet your son and grandson. Both followed in your footsteps with the Seattle PD. Your Son is retired and your grandson is a Motor Sgt. and runs the SPD M/C Drill Team. It was such an honor meeting them. They both carry on "in your honor." RIP Sir! You did a great job and are a true hero.

Lt. GJG (Retired - Reserve)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.
Ventura County Sheriff's Office

June 13, 2019

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