Type of Officer: Police Detective
Jurisdiction: Wichita
County: Sedgwick
Death Date: 7/20/1920
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
While conducting a narcotics investigation with two officers, Ballard was shot three times and killed as he attempted to search one of the suspects. The other officers were wounded, one seriously. The shooting occurred as the officers concentrated on one suspect while another was partially hidden behind a mattress and had a chance to open fire. A female suspect, jailed for investigation of the Ballard shooting, killed herself in her cell, and a male suspect attempted suicide.