Killing of Eugene Ward in Alabama in 1948


Case summary

Eugene Ward (1911 – 1948), a laborer and WWII veteran, was killed by police officers Lawton Grimes and Sam Montgomery in Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama. The officers said they arrived at a home in response to a call about a prowler and found Ward on the porch, and that they opened fire when Ward allegedly pulled out a knife.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1948-04-30
Location: Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: private space - domestic
Allegation against victim: prowling; pulling a knife on a police officer

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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