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

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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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Deputy Pohlman was an icon to the department and reading his final teaches me to never give up no matter what. It also showed me the dedication that he had to his career by doing all his duties to the fullest. He will always be remembered as legendary. Rest in Peace Deputy Pohlman

DSG J. McDonald
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
April 19, 2016

 

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