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 in 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 then surrendered to the other ranger.

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.


  • 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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