Deputy Sheriff James Ward

Deputy Sheriff James Ward

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, August 20, 1919

James Ward

Deputy 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. The suspect was acquitted in 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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater


August 20, 2009

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