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Police Officer Melissa Jayne Schmidt | Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer

Melissa Jayne Schmidt

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Thursday, August 1, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 6 years, 6 months

Badge # 6367

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Melissa Schmidt was shot and killed after she and her partner responded to a call shortly after 7:00 pm reporting a woman with a gun at a public housing complex.

Contact was made with the 60-year-old female suspect and while the officers were questioning her, she said she needed to go to the bathroom. Officer Schmidt escorted the woman to the public restroom in the lobby of the building. While in the restroom, the woman produced a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Schmidt in the abdomen below her vest. Officer Schmidt was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Officer Schmidt had served with the Minneapolis Police Department for over 6 years, assigned to the Public Housing Unit. She had previously served with the United States Marine Corps in MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and the U.S. Foreign Interests Section in Havana, and in Cuba as a Marine Security Guard. Officer Schmidt is survived by her parents and brother.

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Hi Carole,
I recently created a Heroes board on my Pinterest account in honor of soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country. Today, a fallen officer's picture appeared on my stream and I immediately thought of Missy! I searched her name and the reflection page appeared. I was so happy to see her honored here and was awed by the people whose lives were touched by Missy and still remember her today. I ironically came across her memorial t-shirt today, as well. My dad bought one for me when he bought his. He proudly wears his often and I always smile when I see him in it. I, however choose to keep mine as a remembrance that I will always treasure! I remember the first day Missy walked into our classroom at St. Paul's. I was so excited that we shared the same last name! MANY people would ask me through the years if we were related, and while I couldn't claim blood relation, I always felt a kinship with Missy as we would often be seated next to one another, be locker buddies and stand in line next to one another. I remember being invited to one of Missy's birthday parties and was so happy she included me as one of her friends. I was also able to enjoy her high school basketball career from the front row, as I was team manager for each of her four years, and she always included me as one of "the team". She was a stellar athlete and provided so much enjoyment for her hometown every time she was on the court. It was fun to experience the excitement that she created during her basketball career! I visit her resting place a couple of times each year when I am "home" in Bloomer and think of her often. She had THE BEST smile and I am reminded of it's shine whenever I see the picture atop her reflection page. Please know that I will always remember her and miss her. Sending you love and hugs, and to your entire family as well.
Pinned on my Heroes board!!!

Mary (Schmidt) Ingebretson
Classmate from Bloomer
June 4, 2017

 

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