Deputy Sheriff Thomas H. Pohlman

Deputy Sheriff Thomas H. Pohlman

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, April 18, 1978

Thomas H. Pohlman

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Pohlman was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest.

He was on patrol when he smelled ether coming from a home. Believing there was a clandestine PCP manufacturing lab, he requested assistance. He and his backup officer began checking the perimeter of the home when one subject fled on foot from inside.

Deputy Pohlman chased the subject and was able to capture him in the backyard of 3434 Whiteside Street. During the ensuing struggle, the subject was able to gain control of Deputy Pohlman's revolver and shot him. Deputy Pohlman died at the scene.

Deputy Pohlman had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for four years. He was survived by his expectant wife and 5-year-old son.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

narcotics, arrest, foot pursuit

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Your death came as I was starting my law enforcement career with LASD in 1978. I retired in 2011 and I always remembered this incident when I made a decision to pursue or not. You are not forgotten. Rest In Peace, Brother.

Ron Melton, Lieutenant
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Retired

August 14, 2018

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