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Detective Sergeant J. W. Los Angeles Police Department, California

Detective Sergeant

J. W. "Tommy" Milton

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, May 16, 1949

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 21 years

Badge # 1364

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Sergeant Tommy Milton was shot and killed after responding to a home on Vesper Avenue after neighbors had called police to report the homeowner was armed and threatening his family.

The man had previously threatened to kill his family. After arriving on scene Sergeant Milton and another detective attempted to talk to the man, who was armed with a revolver. As Sergeant Milton attempted to disarm the man the two began to struggle and the man was able to shoot him. Despite being mortally wounded, Sergeant Milton returned fire and killed the subject.

Sergeant Milton died while while en route to the Van Nuys Receiving Hospital.

Sergeant Milton had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 21 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, sister, and four brothers.

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