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Deputy Sheriff William Thomas Owsley County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

William Thomas "Tom" Pendergrass

Owsley County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 10, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Tom Pendergrass was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for causing a disturbance near New Hope.

The suspect immediately opened fire on Deputy Pendergrass as he stepped from his car, striking him in the chest with a shot from a .22 caliber. Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Pendergrass returned fire, fatally striking the suspect.

Deputy Pendergrass attempted to drive himself to seek help but succumbed to the wound approximately two miles away.

Deputy Pendergrass was survived by his wife, four sons, four daughters, and two brothers. One of his brothers served as a detective with the Detroit, Michigan, Police Department.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 72nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
July 10, 2012

 

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