Deputy Thomas Pohlman was assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department East Los Angeles Station at the time of his murder. Deputy Pohlman was on patrol when he smelled ether, used in the manufacture of PCP. He summoned another unit to help investigate. When a suspect ran from the scene, Deputy Pohlman went in foot pursuit. He caught the suspect and was trying to handcuff him, when the suspect grabbed Deputy Pohlman’s revolver and shot him between the eyes.