Deputy Sheriff Kenneth M. Tomaszewski

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth M. Tomaszewski

Lorain County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, July 3, 1979

Kenneth M. Tomaszewski

Deputy Kenneth Tomaszewski was shot and killed by a juvenile suspect following a traffic stop at approximately 1800 hours. During the stop, the boy was unable to provide proof of registration for the vehicle. Deputy Tomaszewski then followed the boy to his home so he could provide the registration. As Deputy Tomaszewski used the phone in the home to report his location, the boy came from another room with a .22 caliber rifle and shot him in the chest. The boy was convicted and sent to a juvenile detention center until his 21st birthday, when he was released.

Deputy Tomaszewski had been with the Lorain County Sheriff's Department for one year. He was survived by his parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Released from prison

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Kenneth M. Tomaszewski of the Lorain County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

July 3, 2018

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