Amarillo Police Arrest Two Teens for Murder of Rodney Curtis Ward

AMARILLO, TX –  The Amarillo Police Department has arrested two teenagers for the shooting murder of Rodney Curtis Ward on Tuesday.   On Thursday, Ward died from his injury.  Detectives began their investigation into the details of the shooting.

On January 19, 2021 at 6:52 PM, APD officers were dispatched to a traffic accident at the intersection of southwest 1st Avenue and south Bonham Street. Rodney Curtis Ward, a 48-year-old male, was the only occupant of the vehicle and suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. Ward was transported to a local hospital with a life-threatening injury. That evening detectives investigating the case made an arrest of a 15-year-old male juvenile in connection with the shooting.

On Friday, APD SWAT officers assisted the Amarillo Police Department Homicide Unit in conducting search warrants at two residences in the 100 block of South Austin Street. The warrants were in relation to the homicide of Rodney Ward. Evidence, in this case, lead to the arrest of Edward Matthew Gamez, an 18-year-old male. Gamez was booked into the Potter County Jail for murder.