Policeman Clyde Pritchett

Policeman Clyde Pritchett

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 17, 1936

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Clyde Pritchett

Policeman Pritchett was shot and killed while at the scene of a domestic dispute. An estranged husband had gone to the workplace of his wife and started an argument.

Policeman Pritchett and another officer responded to the scene. The other officer arrived first and began to struggle with the suspect. As Policeman Pritchett entered the business the suspect broke free from the other officer, produced a handgun, and shot Policeman Pritchett in the chest. The suspect and the other officer then exchanged shots and both were wounded. The suspect later died from gunshot wounds after exchanging shots with other responding officers.

The suspect later stated that he had gone to the business and planned on committing suicide in front of his wife.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 12 years, 6 months
  • Badge 97

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed by other officers

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Today is the 85th Anniversary of Officer Pritchett's murder. An LAPD Hollywood Division Honor Guard was sent to his gravesite to honor and remember his sacrifice. A flag and flowers were placed at his grave to let everyone know that no fallen LAPD officer will ever be forgotten no matter how many years have passed.

If a member of Officer Pritchett's family reads this, please reach out to LAPD Hollywood Division. We would love to hear from you! (213) 972-2900.

Sergeant Mark Cohan
Los Angeles Police Department

February 17, 2021

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