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Deputy Thomas H. Pohlman | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California


Thomas H. Pohlman

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 18, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Thomas Pohlman was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest. Deputy Pohlman was on patrol when he smelled ether, used to manufacture PCP. He called for assistance but before back up could arrive, the suspect ran from the scene.

Deputy Pohlman started a foot pursuit and was able to capture the suspect. While the suspect was being handcuffed, he was able to gain control of Deputy Pohlman's revolver and shot him. Deputy Pohlman died at the scene.

Deputy Pohlman had served with the agency for 4 years.

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RIP Tom. I had the privilege of working at ELA Station when Tom was there and enjoyed having him as a friend as well as a colleague. I had transferred to Firestone when he was murdered. Shock doesn't cover the emotion when something like this happens. I'll head out to that stretch of freeway and think of Tom.

Deputy Gary Nitchman Retired
October 14, 2016


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