Deputy Sheriff Barry J. Hoffman

Deputy Sheriff Barry J. Hoffman

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, August 30, 1971

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Barry J. Hoffman

Deputy Sheriff Barry Hoffman was shot and killed during a struggle with a suspect at 15815 Hawthorne Boulevard.

He and his partner were questioning two suspects near a bar in Lawndale when they attempted to flee. A struggle ensued between Deputy Hoffman and one of the suspects, who pulled out a handgun and shot him in the head.

Deputy Hoffman's partner shot and killed the suspect. Deputy Hoffman was transported to a local hospital where he died five days later.

Deputy Hoffman had been with the agency for just over two years.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 25, 1971
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I'm not a cop but Barry and I were school friends and belonged to the same car club in the SFV. He was a good guy and left us way too soon. Especially his wife Elaine. I think of them often.

Charles Knight

September 28, 2021

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