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.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 3003

Incident Details

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


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Officer Schmedding, I honor you, and your ultimate sacrifice.
Reading these reflections has made a deep impact; I pray healing for all your family, whose sacrifice I also honor.
Your widow later became my step-Mother, a woman of strength and wisdom, and your children my brother and sisters.
May the Lord Jesus reward you richly in His Heavenly Kingdom, and bless with His comfort all of your loved ones you had to leave behind.
Thank you, sir.

Shelley Ann Rohn Wilson
Daughter of Commander Edward A. Rohn, Detroit Police Dept., 1947-74

October 8, 2018

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