Deputy Thomas H. Pohlman

Deputy Thomas H. Pohlman

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, April 18, 1978

Thomas H. Pohlman

Deputy Thomas Pohlman was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest. Deputy Pohlman was on patrol when he smelled ether, used to manufacture PCP. He called for assistance but before back up could arrive, the suspect ran from the scene.

Deputy Pohlman started a foot pursuit and was able to capture the suspect. While the suspect was being handcuffed, he 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 agency for 4 years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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It breaks my heart knowing that you were just starting your career. And some monster ended it. I grew up listening to stories of deputies and officers risking their lives so that I am able to enjoy mine. Here I am. About to embark on my career following your footsteps as well as many before you and I.

Sir you will not be forgotten, I’ll hold the line from here.


May 14, 2018

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