Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 16 years
Badge # 3003
Incident Date: 12/31/1971
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Shot and killed
Officer William Schmedding was shot and killed after responding to a report of a robbery in progress at a pawn shop. He interrupted three suspects who fired on him. Officer Schmedding emptied his revolver trying to return fire but was killed while trying to reload. One suspect was shot and killed two were wounded, during a shootout with responding officers.
Although the two wounded suspects were convicted, the convictions were overturned in 1981.
Officer Schmedding had served with the Detroit Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and twin daughters.