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Lieutenant James L. Schmit | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Lieutenant

James L. Schmit

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, October 17, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Offender: Shot and killed

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Lieutenant James Schmit and Officer Frank Walls were shot and killed while they and several other officers attempted to remove a mentally disturbed man from his apartment. The suspect opened fire through the front door with a 30-30 rifle killing Officer Schmit who was located outside. The suspect then shot and killed Officer Walls as he led a special operations team into the apartment during the standoff following Lieutenant Schmit's murder. The entry team had secured the lower level of the apartment and as Officer Walls moved to the stairs he was shot and killed. Other officers shot and killed the suspect.

Lieutenant Schmit was survived by his wife and children.

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Police Officer Frank E. Walls
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Monday, October 17, 1988
Cause: Gunfire

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Thank you for your service and bravery. You are missed so much my cousin. With all the police being shot these days makes me think about you. I think about you every day. I have reconnected with your children, who are all wonderful, respectful adults.

Rest in peace Jim

Debra Rudel
Cousin
September 23, 2016

 

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