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Policeman Clyde Pritchett | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California


Clyde Pritchett

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, February 17, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 12 years, 6 months

Badge # 97

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Killed by other officers

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Policeman Pritchett was shot and killed while at the scene of a domestic dispute. An estranged husband had gone to the workplace of his wife and started an argument.

Policeman Pritchett and another officer responded to the scene. The other officer arrived first and began to struggle with the suspect. As Policeman Pritchett entered the business the suspect broke free from the other officer, produced a handgun, and shot Policeman Pritchett in the chest. The suspect and the other officer then exchanged shots and both were wounded. The suspect later died from gunshot wounds after exchanging shots with other responding officers.

The suspect later stated that he had gone to the business and planned on committing suicide in front of his wife.

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I worked Hollywood Division right out of the academy in 1968 and the name Clyde Pritchett came up during my first roll call. I was told about your heroic action on February 17, 1936 and what I should learn from what you did. Honor can never fade and your valor will always be in my memory. I am glad to see that one of your family managed to see what a great man you were and still are. I send my Thanks and greetings to him and your family. We Scots are a proud lot.
On October 9, 2015, there will be a memorial service at Hollywood station for the 8 Police Officers ( They are Police Officers now, not Policemen) who have died in the line of duty serving the citizens of Los Angeles. It will be an honor for me to recognize you for the valor you displayed and for the respect you showed for your fellow man on that day so many years ago.
May Your Name Be Eternal

Retired Detective John E Miller #13738
Los Angeles Police Department
September 6, 2015


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