Police Officer III James Hartley Pagliotti

Police Officer III James Hartley Pagliotti

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, June 22, 1987

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James Hartley 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 juveniles 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.

The offender was denied parole in March 2005, February 2010, May 2017, and May of 2022. He has another parole hearing in May of 2025.

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


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Denied parole in 2022

narcotics, juvenile offender, plainclothes

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Jim, I’ll always remember that night back in ‘84 when you and Glynn were assigned to HWD SOS. I wasn’t too happy to give up my regular partner in order to show you around. Less than an hour into that shift, there was no turning back. Partners! For the balance of the time we had together, we constantly put Butch and Freddy (Better known as the B Team) to shame in our competition for guns and felonies. But then again, Butch was practically working an L car. When we went our separate ways, the ignorance of youth allowed me to believe that we would always connect back up again in the future…

The unknown number of children named in your honor represent the vast untold stories of the parents who were fortunate enough to experience your friendship. Luckily for our two daughters, Julie had the foresight to spare them the awkward explanations.

While your absence has left a large void in those of us fortunate enough to call you friend or partner, we have filled that void with observations and lessons learned, inspired by who you are and how you conduct yourself. In life, you motivated your colleagues to be true to the integrity and discipline of being a Los Angeles Policeman. Thirty five years later, the inspiration lives on. I’ll see you later my brother.

Mark 22743
L.A.P.D (Former)

June 22, 2022

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