Sheriff William C. Getman

Sheriff William C. Getman

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, January 7, 1858

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William C. Getman

Sheriff William Getman was killed while trying to diffuse a violent situation in a pawnshop at the corner of Los Angeles Street and Aliso Street.

A man had entered a pawnshop and demanded to the storeowner shoot him or he would shoot the store owner. Sheriff Getman responded and came up behind the suspect, spoke calmly to him, and placed his hand on the man's shoulder. The subject quickly turned around and started shooting his gun. Sheriff Getman was struck and killed.

A deputy and other men returned fire killing the suspect.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 week
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Sheriff William C. Getman will never be forgotten. May his soul rest peacefully in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

January 13, 2020

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