Special Deputy Sheriff Fountain Pace Pendleton

Special Deputy Sheriff Fountain Pace Pendleton

Green County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, February 22, 1932

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Fountain Pace Pendleton

Special Deputy Sheriff Fountain Pendleton was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity while he assisted with serving a breach of the peace warrant at a home approximately 15 miles from Greensburg.

He and another citizen had been deputized by the sheriff to assist with the warrant service. Special Deputy Pendleton had been placed at the front door of the home as the rest of the posse went to the rear of the home. As the sheriff returned to the front of the home Special Deputy Pendleton opened fire, thinking it was the suspect. Hearing the shot, the rest of the posse also came to the front of the home thinking that the subject was shooting at them.

One of the posse members returned fire and fatally wounding Special Deputy Pendleton.

Special Deputy Pendleton was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was survived by his parents, three sisters, and one brother.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire

mistaken identity, warrant service

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Deputy Sheriff Pendleton,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

United States Border Patrol

February 22, 2022

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