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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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Tomorrow, it will be 37 years since the day you were taken from us. I want you to know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten, and that the lessons learned from your ordeal are still being taught and saving the lives of young police officers and deputy sheriffs to this day. I was a young academy cadet searching for your revolver on that day in 1978. Since that day, your presence was with me every time I chased a suspect. These days, it's my honor to pass those lessons on to the next generation.

Thank you, God bless you and rest in peace.

Phil Hansen, Captain (Ret.)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
April 17, 2015


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