Trooper Tommy E. Kendall

Trooper Tommy E. Kendall

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch Monday, May 16, 1966

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Tommy E. Kendall

Trooper Tommy Kendall was shot and killed while manning a one-man roadblock on U.S. Highway 49, near Minter City, following a robbery in Itta Bena, Mississippi.

The suspects encountered the roadblock and opened fire, striking Trooper Kendall three times. He was transported to a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspects were apprehended and sentenced to life. Both men subsequently died in prison.

Trooper Kendall had been with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife and two-year-old son, who followed in father's footsteps and became a Mississippi state trooper.

A section of U.S. Highway 49, in Leflore County, was dedicated as the Trooper Tommy E. Kendall Memorial Highway.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge D-51

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Trooper Kendall.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 23, 2020

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