Officer Kenneth W. Pendergraft

Officer Kenneth W. Pendergraft

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, April 8, 1980

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Kenneth W. Pendergraft

Officer Pendergraft was shot and killed after confronting a suspect who was dumping garbage on his driveway. Officer Pendergraft approached the driver and asked him not to dump garbage on his driveway. The suspect left, but came back a short time later and opened fire with a .44 magnum pistol, killing Officer Pendergraft. Before he died, Officer Pendergraft was able to return fire, killing the suspect.

Officer Pendergraft had served with the Fort Worth Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and two brothers.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 802

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Ken was a great officer and Friend. I worked patrol with him and other officers form his team as a member of the Fort Worth Police Buddy Program.
We spent time fishing, after a night of him providing service and protection for the people of Fort Worth. or building on his new home. Many of us wish we had been there helping that day with the yard work.

Ken was always ready to "check" it out while on patrol and was always going by to check on his fellow officers on call. I think of him often and I pray for his family even after this long extended time.

Remembering means he is always with us.

Mike Reid
Previous Fort Worth Police Buddy

December 17, 2014

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