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Trooper Ferdinand Frederick Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas


Ferdinand Frederick "Bud" Pribbenow

Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas

End of Watch: Saturday, July 11, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 211

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Convicted of first degree murder

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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 and sentenced to life. He was denied parole in July of 2012 but has another parole hearing in July, 2017.

Trooper Pribbenow had served with the Kansas Highway Patrol with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and five daughters.

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Thank you to all who have left a reflection here! You don't know how much I appreciate knowing that Dad is still remembered. I wish I could talk to each of you and hear some of the stories about his time on the job, to share with his grandchildren. And to those who have submitted letters requesting denial of parole, God Bless You!

Toyia Pribbenow Bulla
November 15, 2016


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