Deputy Sheriff James Ward

Deputy Sheriff James Ward

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, August 20, 1919

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James Ward

Deputy Sheriff James Ward was shot and killed as he attempted to raid an illegal gambling hall.

One of the gamblers was another deputy who did not like Deputy Ward and who was "protecting" the establishment. During the raid, the deputy shot and killed Deputy Ward. He was acquitted in the trial, claiming self-defense. However, the sheriff did not agree with the court and fired the deputy.

Deputy Ward was one of the first black deputies with his agency to be killed in the line of duty.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 20, 2020

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