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Patrolman Jonathan Richard Schmidt | Trumann Police Department, Arkansas Trumann Police Department, Arkansas

Patrolman

Jonathan Richard Schmidt

Trumann Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/12/2011

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Sentenced to death

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Patrolman Jonathan Schmidt was shot and killed at approximately 11:30 pm as he and his sergeant made a traffic stop on Pine Avenue, near Cottonwood Manor.

The officers stopped a vehicle occupied by three individuals for operating without insurance. The officers removed the driver and placed him under arrest on a failure to appear warrant.

As Patrolman Schmidt opened the rear passenger door to remove the second male passenger, the man lunged at him and immediately opened fire. Patrolman Schmidt, who was shot in the neck, turned and pushed his sergeant out of the way before returning fire. The suspect was wounded by the return gunfire and taken into custody. He was convicted and sentenced to death.

Patrolman Schmidt was taken to NEA Baptist Hospital where he died from his wounds.

On July 26th, 2012, the subject who shot Patrolman Schmidt was convicted of capital murder. He was subsequently sentenced to death.

Patrolman Schmidt had served with the Trumann Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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May God continue to watch over and protect Officer's Schmidt's wife and children. On Monday, May 12, 2014, members from my department had the distinct pleasure and honor to meet Officer Schmidt's wife as she arrived at the Reagan National Airport, as she arrived for this year's Police Week Memorial Ceremony. I am proud to have met her and to have been her escort. We embraced her as our family member. I salute you Officer Schmidt for your bravery and for serving as a brother in blue. May God continue to have favor over your life.

Captain Tyrone Collington
Takoma Park Police Department -MD
May 14, 2014

 

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