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.

On December 12, 1941, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to one to 10 years.

Ranger Schwoob was survived by his wife.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location California
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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.


United States Border Patrol

September 20, 2021

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