Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 22 years
Badge # 211
Incident Date: 7/11/1981
Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber
Suspect: Convicted of first degree murder
Trooper Ferdinand Pribbenow was shot and killed during a traffic stop near El Dorado, Kansas.
The suspect shot him before he had a chance to react. The suspect fled and was later spotted at the tollgate at the Kellogg exit in East Wichita and a pursuit ensued. About a mile into the chase, the suspect rammed the back of a van that was stopping at a light at Kellogg and Rock Road near the Towne East Shopping Mall. Officers ordered the suspect to exit his car and he responded with gunfire.
Officers returned fire, striking the suspect several times before he was taken into custody. He was convicted of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and first degree murder.
Trooper Pribbenow had served with the Kansas Highway Patrol with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and five daughters.