Detective Deidre Irene Mengedoht

Detective Deidre Irene Mengedoht

Louisville Metro Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, December 24, 2018

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Deidre Irene Mengedoht

Detective Deidre Mengedoht was killed when her patrol car was struck by an impaired driver while conducting a traffic stop on I-64, between 4th Street and 6th Street, in downtown Louisville just after 2:00 pm.

Her vehicle was stopped in the right lane with its emergency equipment activated when it was struck from behind by a Metropolitan Sewer District tractor-trailer. The patrol car was pushed into the vehicle she had stopped and became engulfed in flames with Detective Mengedoht trapped inside.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was charged with driving under the influence and murder of a law enforcement officer.

Detective Mengedoght had served with the Louisville Metro Police Department for seven years. She is survived by a young son.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 294

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Charged with murder

drunk driver, traffic stop

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Deidre knew where she needed to serve before she graduated the academy. I was worried for her from the start but her love for Christ and calling to serve was greater than my worry. Deidre cared deeply for those she swore to protect, and the community she felt called to serve.

She was an amazing mother, her son was her heart and her whole world. I had the privilege of watching her care for and love her son and mine. Her son is the sweetest boy I know. Our boys have known each other from a young age and I pray that they continue to be close like Deidre and I have been since our youth. I miss her more than anything I have ever lost but I know she is in the presence of our lord and savior Jesus Christ in eternal happiness. Her character is unimpeachable and she is a great, loving, christian woman that should be remembered as such.


January 20, 2019

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