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Sheriff William C. Getman | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Sheriff

William C. Getman

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, January 7, 1858

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 week

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/7/1858

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Sheriff William Getman was killed while trying to diffuse a violent situation. A suspect had entered a pawnshop and demanded to the storeowner shoot him or he would shoot the storeowner. Sheriff Getman responded and came up behind the suspect, spoke calmly to him and placed his hand on the suspect’s shoulder. The suspect quickly turned around and started shooting emptying his gun. Sheriff Getman was struck and killed. A Deputy and other men returned fire killing the suspect.

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True heroism is not diminished by time. Actions such as yours and your brethren that day, have served to steel the resolve of the law enforcement community. Rest in peace, brother.

Gregory Kral

(Retired)Police Officer (SRT)
Miami-Dade Police Dept. FL
January 8, 2012

 

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