Deputy Thomas H. Pohlman

Deputy Thomas H. Pohlman

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, April 18, 1978

Thomas H. Pohlman

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.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Years ago I left a reflection for you and today I reread it and see that I made a mistake in your eow date. I apologize to your family for that error. Like all our heroes, you are never forgotten and always honored. The lovely tributes from your wife touches my heart because of her deep abiding love and dedication to keeping your memory alive. My son and his wife were also expecting a child when he was killed, and my daughter-in-law has also developed a deep relationship with my grandson and his dad by talking daily about him.

On this the 39th anniversary year of your death, you continue to inspire.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

May 8, 2017

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