Police Officer William Schmedding, Jr.

Police Officer William Schmedding, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, December 31, 1971

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William Schmedding, Jr.

Officer William Schmedding was shot and killed after responding to a report of a robbery in progress at Sam's Loans, an area pawn shop at 1:40 p.m.

Officer Schmedding interrupted three suspects who fired on him. Officer Schmedding emptied his revolver trying to return fire but was killed while trying to reload. One suspect was shot and killed, two were wounded, during a shootout with responding officers.

Although the two wounded suspects were convicted, the convictions were overturned in 1981.

Officer Schmedding served with the Detroit Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and twin daughters.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 3003

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

robbery

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I remember Bill very well. We dated In high school, right up until the time he entered the military. I broke up with him because I didn’t think he was mature enough. In my later life I realized I was the one who wasn’t
mature enough.
RIP my dear friend. In my own way I will always love him.

Carol White
High school classmate

March 15, 2020

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