Deputy Sheriff William Thomas "Tom" Pendergrass

Photo of Deputy Sheriff William Thomas "Tom" Pendergrass
End of Watch: Wed, Jul 10th, 1940
Date of Incident: Wed, Jul 10th, 1940
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: Not Known
Age: 57


His wife, four sons, four daughters and two brothers.


Deputy Pendergrass was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for causing a disturbance near New Hope.

The suspect immediately opened fire on Deputy Pendergrass as he stepped from his car, striking him in the chest with a shot from a .22 caliber. Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Pendergrass returned fire, fatally striking the suspect.

Deputy Pendergrass attempted to drive himself to seek help but succumbed to the wound approximately two miles away.

Deputy Pendergrass was survived by his wife, four sons, four daughters, and two brothers. One of his brothers served as a detective with the Detroit, Michigan, Police Department.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Owsley County Sheriff's Office Patch
Main Street
P.O. Box 749
Booneville, Kentucky 41314
(606) 593-5161


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