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Detective John David Schroeder | Boston Police Department, Massachusetts Boston Police Department, Massachusetts


John David Schroeder

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Friday, November 30, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 1479

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Released after 12 years

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Detective John Schroeder was shot and killed when he surprised three men who were robbing a pawn shop.

Detective Schroeder was at the business to conduct a background investigation of a police recruit.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder but released on a technicality after serving only 12 years. After being released he committed an armed robbery and was returned to jail.

Detective Schroeder had been with the Boston Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his parents and four siblings. One his other brothers, Patrolman Walter Schroeder, was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 24, 1970, while working for the same agency.

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Patrolman Walter A. Schroeder
Boston Police Department, Massachusetts
End of Watch: Thursday, September 24, 1970
Cause: Gunfire

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Dear Richard,

My uncle Sonny (Irving J. Oser) was a partner of your Dad's. I personally clearly remember visiting them in Boston during one night of their patrol together. Uncle Sonny and your Dad let me sit behind the wheel of their squad car as Uncle Sonny took a photograph of your Dad and me in the car. My Uncle never got over his friend's passing, and I will never forget him. He's with me always. Would you like a copy of that photo of your Dad?

Warm wishes,

Jay Miller
Former Judge
Little Compton, RI

Former Judge
Nephew to Det Schroeder's partner
February 7, 2017


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