Police Officer Kathleen C. Schaefer

Police Officer Kathleen C. Schaefer

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, August 18, 1982

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Kathleen C. Schaefer

Police Officer Kathleen Schaefer was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer while conducting a drug buy-bust for the Narcotics Unit.

She had just made a purchase and gave the signal a buy had been completed. Another officer mistook her for a suspect holding a gun and shot her once in the abdomen, fatally wounding her.

Officer Schaefer had served with the Houston Police Department for three years. She was survived by her husband and two children. Her husband also served with the Houston Police Department.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 1872

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

narcotics, mistaken identity, undercover

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Officer Schaefer, today marks the 36th year since you died doing the job. Thank you for your brief service. You are truly a hero.

God Bless you and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

On another note, the Officer who mistakenly took your life should be prayed for. A huge and terrifying mistake that took the life of a loving mother and wife and good Police Officer. Though no one could truly match the suffering of your loving family at home, no doubt he/she suffered greatly as well.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

August 18, 2018

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