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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With deepest respect and fondness, I’m thankful for the years I knew and worked with Ken. May God be with our people in blue.

Officer Twana Goodwin-Simpson
Fort Worth Police Department (Ret)

February 13, 2022

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