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Night Marshal Benjamin B. Schmitt | O'Fallon Police Department, Illinois O'Fallon Police Department, Illinois

Night Marshal

Benjamin B. Schmitt

O'Fallon Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 21, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Acquitted

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Marshal Benjamin Schmitt was shot and killed while investigating two suspicious subjects at the Baltimore and Ohio railroad station platform.

Marshal Schmitt approached two male subjects who were sitting on the platform and during questioning, a heated exchange ensued. As Marshal Schmitt reached for his service weapon, one of the subjects pulled a .32-caliber revolver from his overcoat pocket, fired once and struck Marshal Schmitt in the heart, killing him.

A lynching was threatened by a mob of citizens who had caught the suspect responsible for shooting Marshal Schmitt nearby, but the prisoner was taken into custody by the mayor and another officer. He claimed at trial that he shot Marshal Schmitt in self-defense and was found not guilty. The second suspect was later arrested.

Marshal Schmitt had served with the O'Fallon Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife.

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You will be remembered forever now that your name is on the memorial wall in Washington. The stories I heard about you when I was a kid I will never forget. You were well respected by the community and loved by your family. I salute you, great grandfather, and all of our fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend. RIP B.B. Schmitt.

Anthony Schmitt
great grandson
May 25, 2013

 

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