Deputy Sheriff Scott Ward Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama End of Watch: Friday, November 23, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Scott Ward | Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, AlabamaBaldwin County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff Scott Ward

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama
End of Watch: Friday, November 23, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 47
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: November 23, 2012
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office
310 Hand Avenue
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Phone: (251) 937-0202

Deputy Sheriff Scott Ward was shot and killed after he and two other deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 11800 block of Mallard Lane shortly after 4:00 pm.
The deputies were questioning a male subject on the home’s front porch when the man suddenly produced a handgun and opened fire. Deputy Ward and one other deputies were shot before the subject was killed by return fire.
All three deputies were wearing their vests.
Both wounded deputies were flown to the University of South Alabama Medical Center in critical condition. Deputy Ward succumbed to his wounds.
Deputy Ward was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He had served with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years and had previously served with the Prichard Police Department. He is survived by his wife.

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama deputy sheriff was fatally shot and another deputy was critically wounded Friday during a shootout with a man who also died in the gunfire, authorities said.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Deputy Scott Ward was fatally wounded after responding about 4 p.m. with two other deputies to a domestic disturbance call in the Fairhope area, which is about 20 miles southeast of Mobile.

Officials identified the suspect as Michael Jansen of Fairhope.

Sheriff Huey Mack told AL.com (http://bit.ly/QBWPNG) that gunfire erupted after Jansen pulled a hand gun on Ward and his colleagues outside of Jansen’s mobile home.

Ward, 47, was transported by helicopter to USA Medical Center in Mobile, where he was pronounced dead. The second deputy remained in critical condition at the same hospital Saturday afternoon. The third deputy was not hurt.

Mack did not release the names of the two surviving deputies.

Jansen, who was believed to be in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The county’s Major Crimes Task Force was investigating the shooting, as is the department’s internal affairs office. That is standard procedure when any officer is involved in a shooting.

Mack said the initial inquiry suggests deputies followed procedure.

The sheriff told AL.com that deputies approached Jansen on his porch to find out what prompted the initial call. Jansen then pulled out a handgun and started firing, hitting the two deputies multiple times, Mack said.

Mack said the deputies, all of whom were wearing bullet-resistant vests, fired back.

Ward had been a Baldwin County deputy for more than 15 years, working on patrol, in the investigations unit and on the SWAT team. Before joining the Baldwin force, he was an officer for the city of Prichard, near Mobile. He was in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Mack said he had recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.

"Scott stood up … and he did his job and in the course of the job he made the ultimate sacrifice," Mack said. "Tomorrow we will continue to grieve Scott, but we will have to move on. That’s what Scott would want us to do because our mission does not stop."

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2 Responses to “Deputy Sheriff Scott Ward Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama End of Watch: Friday, November 23, 2012”


  1. 1 Joan Parker November 24, 2012 at 16:36

    Rest In Peace Deputy Ward…

  2. 2 Jeanine November 24, 2012 at 23:12

    Dear Mrs. Scott Ward……you are not alone and you have thousands of people praying for you and sending our love and support. Your loss is so great but God’s love is greater……….one moment, one breath at a time to start with….all in good time………keep on keeping on. A friend in Colorado.


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