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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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Happy Belated Birthday.....the big 5 0 on the 18th. You're still my "baby girl"..w.e got a lot of laughs and looks on that statement! The family was here and you were talked about....all good things. We celebrated you and your birthday. Love you, miss you so much, and know you're looking over us all.

Carole Schmidt
April 20, 2017


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