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Patrolman Harold L. Edgington | Los Angeles County Harbor Patrol, California Los Angeles County Harbor Patrol, California


Harold L. Edgington

Los Angeles County Harbor Patrol, California

End of Watch: Sunday, September 30, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Harold Edgington was stabbed to death by a deranged man while issuing a parking citation.

Although mortally wounded by the stab wound, Patrolman Edgington was able to shoot the subject in the hip as the man fled.

A bystander who witnessed the incident used Patrolman Edgington's motorcycle radio to call for assistance. Responding officers shot and killed the man as he advanced on them with the knife used to kill Patrolman Edgington.

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All, it has been my honor to research the lives of many of the peace officers who have died in the line of duty while working for the LASD or the agencies that we have absorbed over the years. I am currently researching the life of Officer Edgington.
A couple of days ago retired Deputy Sheriff Chris Miller, who also produced the training film based on Deputy Edgington's death, and I interviewed Elizabeth Bloch who witnessed this incident but was never interviewed at the time regarding what she saw. Elizabeth provided an entirely different take on what transpired that day than what ended up in the official record. She reiterated to us what she said in her remembrance about Officer Edgington above that he likely saved her life. That was never known at the time.
I am interested in contacting anyone else who was witness that day or responded to this incident to get your version of events. I would also like to speak with family members, if any would be so kind as to talk with me.
My email address is [email protected]
Our fallen heroes should not be forgotten and it is my quest to make sure that they are known as more than just a date of death and a description of the incident that took them from us.
I can tell by many of the remembrances left about Officer Edgington above that he was a wonderful man. If any of you would like to help me do full justice to his story, please contact me.
Thank you.

Lt. John Stanley
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
February 28, 2014


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