Police Officer Frank L. Ward

Police Officer Frank L. Ward

John Day Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, April 8, 1992

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Frank L. Ward

Police Officer Frank Ward was beaten to death after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

He was attempting to prevent the male subject from beating his wife when the man fatally struck him with a piece of firewood.

The subject was convicted of Officer Ward's murder and subsequently sentenced to life in prison. He was denied parole in 2013 and is still in custody.

Officer Ward is survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Firewood
  • Offender Not available

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So very sad to report that Debra Ward (Crisp) passed away on April 30, 2019. This family has suffered so much starting with the murder of Officer Ward in 1992.

Private Citizen
Co worker of Debra's

May 1, 2019

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