Trooper William Francis Pickard

Trooper William Francis Pickard

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, January 21, 1976

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William Francis Pickard

Trooper William Pickard was shot and killed while assisting the Hodgenville Police Department in serving an assault and menacing warrant.

When Trooper Pickard attempted to talk to the subject and approached the home. The subject fired through the door, striking Trooper Pickard, who was mortally wounded.

The subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Trooper Pickard had served with the Kentucky State Police for over three years. He was survived by his wife, son, mother, grandmother, and sister.

A five-mile stretch of KY 61 in Larue County was renamed the “Trooper William F. Pickard Memorial Highway.”


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Life in prison

warrant service

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You were violently taken from this earth the day after I was born, only 113 miles away, in the great state of Kentucky. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service, Sir.

Lt. Steven Marlow
Fort Walton Beach Police Department, FL

February 2, 2024

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