Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Herbert Klade

  • Rank: Policeman
  • Serial Number: Unknown
  • Division: San Pedro
  • Location: 1137 Palos Verdes Ave.
  • Date Killed: Monday, February 8, 1926
  • Cause of Death: Shot by a Mentally Disturbed Suspect


A woman called the Police stating that a neighbor man had been stalking her for several months and was currently hiding in her back yard. Ofcr Klade responded and made contact with the suspect. The suspect suddenly stabbed Ofcr Klade in the face and neck and attempted to flee the location. Ofcr Klade though seriously wounded drew and fired his Colt .45 cal revolver at the suspect. Unfortunately the revolver miss fired further wounding Ofcr Klade. Seeing the Officers gun fail, the suspect returns and begins to stab Officer in the chest, neck and face. As Ofcr Klade lay severely injured the suspect clears the miss fired pistol and shoots Ofcr Klade in the head, killing him. Several Officers from the San Pedro station responded to citizens calls for help and together tracked the suspect to a near by residence. Once surrounded the suspect was urged to surrender, this request for surrender was answered with a hail of gunfire from the suspect. The gun battle raged for over an hour before the suspect was struck and killed by police gunfire.