Patrolman Ricky Lee Ward

Patrolman Ricky Lee Ward

Mexia Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, August 2, 1993

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Ricky Lee Ward

Patrolman Ricky Ward was shot and killed while chasing a suspected shoplifter.

During the chase the suspect dropped a match box. Believing it contained narcotics, Patrolman Ward stopped to pick it up as evidence. The suspect's cousin was hiding in some bushes next to where Patrolman Ward was and opened fire with a .380 caliber automatic pistol. One round struck Patrolman Ward in the side, passing in-between the panels of his vest, and penetrated his aorta.

Patrolman Ward was transported to a local hospital where he died approximately two hours later. The shoplifting suspect was never charged in Patrolman Ward's murder, however; the shooting suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Ward had been employed with the Mexia Police Departmentfor two years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 308

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Missing you still, big guy. It's hard to believe that this August will mark 25 years without you. Time has softened the grief somewhat, but just thinking of you still brings tears to my eyes and the hollow ache returns. So many from our team have joined you in heaven over the years. Can't wait to hug you when I reach the other side!


Former Mexia PD co-worker
Houston, TX

May 2, 2018

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