Police Officer III James H. Pagliotti

Police Officer III James H. Pagliotti

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, June 22, 1987

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James H. Pagliotti

Police Officer James Pagliotti was shot and killed by a juvenile offender at the intersection of Astoria Street and Bromont Avenue.

He and other plainclothes officers were following a burglary suspect when they observed a narcotics transaction occur. As they exited their unmarked vehicle to make contact with the subjects one of the juvenile opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun, mortally wounding Officer Pagliotti.

Despite his wound, Officer Pagliotti was able to return fire and struck the subject in the chest.

Officer Pagliotti had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for five years. He was survived by his parents, brother, and fiance.

The offender was denied parole in March 2005, February 2010, and May 2017.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years, 6 months
  • Badge 23719

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Denied parole in 2005

narcotics, juvenile offender, plainclothes

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I knew James when he was a reserve sergeant at the Fresno county sheriffs department back in 1981, he would call me to work for him. He always looked out for us, then he later left us to go to Lapd. It is no surprise he died or should I say gave his life so someone else could live. It was the way James was, I believe he was part of the elite metro division at the time of his death. Rip my brother, you are remembered. Jackson.

Retired deputy jackson
Fresno county sheriffs department

June 7, 2016

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