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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Tom, I will never forget awakening to my alarm clock at 6:00 a.m. April 19, 1978. The clock was set to KFWB news 98. I awoke to hear the top story. Deputy Thomas Pohlman was killed in the line of duty....... my heart sank. I will never forget you Tom. Whenever you, your Wife and son would come into the Hardware Store with your warmth and smile to purchase what ever you needed for your project at hand, you would brighten our day. I admired you and your family from the day we had met. Rest in Peace

Robert Hatcher Jr.
Eastern Hardware Company, Bell Gardens

February 6, 2018

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