Ranger Harmon O. Schwoob

Ranger Harmon O. Schwoob

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, September 20, 1941

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Harmon O. Schwoob

Ranger Harmon Schwoob was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a poacher in Angeles National Forest, California.

Ranger Schwoob, who was at home and off duty, had responded to a request from another ranger who was in pursuit of the poacher. They pursued the suspect into the City of Azusa, California, where the suspect finally stopped at the dead-end of East 11th Street. As Ranger Schwoob approached the suspect with revolver drawn the man opened fire with a .30-.30 lever action rifle, striking him. The man fled after being wounded by two bullets in the left arm and shoulder. The suspect was arrested a couple days later at the home of his sister.

The suspect claimed that he thought he was being robbed by the two uniformed officers. He then pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to a short prison term.

Ranger Schwoob was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location California
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Convicted of murder

poacher, vehicle pursuit

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Ranger Schwoob,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

September 20, 2021

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