Patrol Officer J. Leslie Ward

Patrol Officer J. Leslie Ward

Morehead Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, May 9, 1942

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J. Leslie Ward

Officer Leslie Ward was shot and killed after stopping a man for a hit-and-run accident. Officer Ward observed the accident at an intersection and shouted for the suspect to stop. After a short chase the suspect stopped and opened fire on Officer Ward and a state trooper. Officer Ward was killed and the trooper was seriously wounded. The trooper managed to return fire killing the 33-year-old suspect.

Officer Ward was survived by his wife and nine children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.

Thank you for your heroism.

God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 9, 2015

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