Sgt. Keith Shepherd: A Tribute to the Fort Worth Deputy Who Died

Keith Shepherd

Facebook/Kennedale Police Department

Sgt. Keith Shepherd, a Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputy, died after he was found with severe head injuries in Fort Worth late Friday night. Shepherd was reported shot to police around 9:30 p.m and died at a nearby hospital later, but later reports indicated that he was not shot. He was a 19-year-veteran who was beloved by his colleagues and family.  The photo above was shared by the Kennedale Police Department on Facebook.

Sgt. Keith Shepherd Was Found with Head Injuries in His Car After Not Returning from His Meal Break


Shepherd was found with head injuries in his personal vehicle in the sheriff’s parking lot on the 100 block of North Burnett Street in downtown Fort Worth, Dallas News reported. He had taken a meal break and was supposed to return around 7 or 7:30 p.m., and was found about two hours later. Police officers were called around 9:27 p.m. after he was found with “significant injuries to his head,” Star-Telegram reported.

Early reports, including from police sources, indicated that Shepherd had been shot. But a statement from Fort Worth Police released on Saturday morning said that there was no evidence to suggest he was shot, Dallas News reported. It was later determined to be a medical event that caused his death.

He was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, but he could not be saved.

He Suffered a Pulmonary Embolism & Hit His Head

Shepherd’s cause of death was a pulmonary embolism that caused him to fall and hit his head, CBS DFW reported. The news was announced on Saturday. He suffered a medical emergency outside his car and hit his head, which caused extensive bleeding. Sheriff Bill Waybourn said that Shepherd was able to get into his car before he died. Authorities mistakenly thought he was shot at first because he had a star-shaped wound on his head.

He Was a 19-Year Veteran, a Husband & a Father

Shepherd was a 19-year-veteran and was a strong leader, Waybourn said. He had a great reputation and worked in the Tarrant County sheriff department’s detention unit, Dallas News reported.

Shepherd was a husband and father who was deeply loved, Waybourn said.

Friends Say He Was a Beloved Mentor Who Will Be Missed

From messages left on Facebook by Shepherd’s colleagues and friends, you can tell that he was an admirable man who mentored others and touched many lives.

Friend Randy Kaster wrote admiringly about Shepherd on Facebook, saying: “It was a true honor to serve beside Sergeant Shepherd during my career with TCSO. He was a great man of integrity, knowledge, and kindness. He was one helluva mentor, and always greeted you with a smile and a handshake.  Your life mattered sir. This family has the line now. Rest easy Sarge. Til Valhalla brother.”

Prentis Chandler wrote: “My friend, coworker & mentor. RIP Sarge.” 

Shepherd will be greatly missed.

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