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Conservation Officer Andrew Schmeltz | Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan

Conservation Officer

Andrew Schmeltz

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 21, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Released in 1981

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Officer Andrew Schmeltz was murdered while checking an illegal trap line along Carp River north of Nagaumee, Michigan. When he failed to return by nightfall other officers began to search for him. During the search the officers heard a series of explosions and went to investigate. They located a large crater with one of Officer Schmeltz's legs in it and other debris scattered around.

It was later determined that a local trapper had murdered Officer Schmeltz by shooting him in the head with a .22 caliber rifle and was attempting to cover up the murder with dynamite. The man was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. He was later released in 1981.

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