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 in 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

hit and run, pursuit

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Officer Ward,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Morehead City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 9, 2022

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