Off-duty Baltimore Police officer dies in Saturday crash on Baltimore Beltway

An off-duty Baltimore Police officer died Saturday afternoon in a fatal crash on Interstate 695, officials said.

Maryland State Police are investigating the two-vehicle crash on the Baltimore Beltway, where police said a vehicle operated by Anthony Gregory Ward, a 36-year-old member of Baltimore Police’s SWAT unit, collided with a tow truck.

“This is a terrible loss for Officer Ward’s family, his team members and the Baltimore Police Department on the whole,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley said in a statement Saturday evening. “My heart goes out to his loved ones. The Department extends its support and sympathies to them at this time.”

Troopers responded at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday to the crash on the beltway’s inner loop near Interstate 83 in Baltimore County, where investigators believe a 2023 GMC Savana operated by Ward changed lanes and crashed into the rear of a 1989 Ford tow truck.

Ward, of Rosedale, died at the scene, state police said.

Ward was off duty at the time of the crash, and the van he was driving was not a police department vehicle, a state police spokesperson said on Monday.

Funeral arrangements for Ward are expected to be released at a later date, Baltimore Police said.