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Deputy Sheriff Jason Charles Schwenz | Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Department, Maryland Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Department, Maryland

Deputy Sheriff

Jason Charles Schwenz

Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 1 year, 5 months

Badge # 0084

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Died in prison

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Deputy Jason Schwenz and Officer Michael Nickerson were shot and killed after responding to a noise complaint.

The two officers and a state trooper had responded to the complaint and had been given permission to enter the mobile home by the suspect's mother, who lived across the street. The officers were in a screened in porch and had identified themselves when the suspect told them not to come in or they would get hurt. When the officers opened the door, the suspect opened fire with a shotgun, striking Deputy Schwenz and Officer Nickerson.

The state trooper dragged Officer Nickerson off of the porch and was attempting to revive him when the suspect attacked him. The trooper was able to overpower the suspect and place him under arrest.

The suspect was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder on May 24, 2002, and sentenced to death. He was also sentenced to life without parole for the attempted murder of the state trooper. The suspect died in prison on November 17, 2002.

Deputy Schwenz is the first Queen Anne's County deputy to be killed in the line of duty. He had been employed with the agency for 18 months, and is survived by his fiancée, parents, and brother.

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Police Officer Michael Scott Nickerson
Centreville Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Tuesday, February 13, 2001
Cause: Gunfire

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On this day 12 years ago you and Jason were taken from us way too soon. There isn't a day that I don't remember you both and the ultimate sacrifice you 2 made that night. A night that I will never forget. Please continue to watch over all of us and bring home everyone safe each and every shift.. Love and miss you. RIP my friend. <3

Susan R. Martin
Former Public Safety Dispatcher Queen Ann'es County, MD
February 13, 2013

 

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