Police Officer William Schmedding, Jr.

Police Officer William Schmedding, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, December 31, 1971

William Schmedding, Jr.

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.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 3003

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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My Father's best friend and partner on the force......our families were like one family with two sets of parents!!! I have so many good memories...and I am still sad..... At least Bill and my Dad are together again causing mischief where ever they go!!! RIP Bill and Ted!

Glenn Davies
Friend and partners son

January 1, 2017

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