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Pastor killed outside of Fort Dodge church was also chaplain for law enforcement, first responder agencies

Authorities in Fort Dodge say a man is in custody after allegedly stabbing a pastor outside of...
Authorities in Fort Dodge say a man is in custody after allegedly stabbing a pastor outside of a church Wednesday night. (Background image from KCCI / Pastor's picture from Fort Dodge Police Department/Facebook)(KCRG)
Published: Oct. 3, 2019 at 4:52 AM CDT
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A man is in police custody for the death of a pastor outside a church in Fort Dodge Wednesday night.

Allen Henderson was the senior pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Police say it appeared he suffered bodily injuries consistent with an assault.

Just before 6 p.m., police said they received reports of the pastor unresponsive near the church. First responders performed CPR on him. They later took him to the hospital where he later died.

** MEDIA RELEASE ** Case: FD19‐2933 - Murder 1st Degree and Robbery 1st Degree, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 400 South...

Posted by Fort Dodge Police Department -Official- on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Police say their investigation indicated a confrontation happened outside the church. Authorities said they later arrested Joshua Pendleton, 36, on first-degree murder and robbery charges.

Pendleton is expected to appear in court later Thursday morning.

In a Facebook post, the Fort Dodge Police Department said Henderson was also a chaplain for all area law enforcement and first responder agencies.

"[He] will forever be remembered for his dedication and service for all of those he touched within this community and beyond," the post said.

Pastor Al Henderson, Senior Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, and long-time Chaplain for all area law enforcement and...

Posted by Fort Dodge Police Department -Official- on Wednesday, October 2, 2019