SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Springfield man was recently given one of the top honors in the state from law enforcement. Jerry Pendergrass is a conceal carry owner who turned citizen cop in a life or death situation. Springfield police and the Missouri Police Chiefs Association awarded Pendergrass the President’s Citizen Award.
His quick action helped save an officer potentially from getting shot.
The incident happened on June 4, 2018. That night was life ending for one man and life changing for several others.
“That probably actually happened in ten seconds,” explained Pendergrass.
Those ten seconds play over and over again for Pendergrass.
“I still once a day go wow, that happened!”
His bullet met a man in his backyard– a man who had already fired shots at Officer Sean Kelly, and had taken off on foot.
“He just kind of rounded the corner, he drew his weapon at me, I drew my weapon at him and we both– he backed away to house, I backed away behind a tree,” said Officer Kelly.
It was a volatile situation to say the least. Then another officer, Officer Andy Zinke found himself face to face – and seemingly alone with a man who had already tried to kill an officer.