Deputy Sheriff Kenneth M. Tomaszewski

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth M. Tomaszewski

Lorain County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, July 3, 1979

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Kenneth M. Tomaszewski

Deputy Kenneth Tomaszewski was shot and killed by a juvenile suspect following a traffic stop at approximately 1800 hours. During the stop, the boy was unable to provide proof of registration for the vehicle. Deputy Tomaszewski then followed the boy to his home so he could provide the registration. As Deputy Tomaszewski used the phone in the home to report his location, the boy came from another room with a .22 caliber rifle and shot him in the chest. The boy was convicted and sent to a juvenile detention center until his 21st birthday, when he was released.

Deputy Tomaszewski had been with the Lorain County Sheriff's Department for one year. He was survived by his parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Released from prison

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I was working radio on July 3, 1979. I received the call we had an officer down. As I gave out the codes, which you hope you never have to use, for "officer down all other departments maintain radio silence" my stomach turned. I was desperately hoping the report we had received was wrong since you had just called out at that house. But as my repeated calls to your car went unanswered, I knew. It had all happened so fast. I sat next to you in roll call that day. I trained you on radio. I have thought back on that day more times than I can count. Thoughts filled with "if only". I will never forget that horrible day. I will never forget you, Ken.

Communications Officer Jannie Shakir
Lorain County Sheriff Department

July 21, 2020

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