Investigator John J. Schneider

Investigator John J. Schneider

Winona County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Sunday, September 7, 1980

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John J. Schneider

Investigator John Schneider was shot and killed after he and two other deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at a mobile home on Ontario Lane in Goodview.

As the deputies attempted to force their way into the mobile home the man opened fire with a .22-caliber rifle and struck Investigator Schneider in the chest. The suspect gave himself up after 40 minutes

On January 19, 1981, the suspect, 34, was convicted of first degree murder and was subsequently sentenced to life. As of April 4, 2023, he was in prison.

Investigator Schneider, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had served with the Winona County Sheriff's Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 505
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Proudly emailed my NO PAROLE LETTER on behalf of HERO Investigator John J. Schneider today.

To the family, friends and colleagues of Investigator Schneider: I am VERY sorry for your loss.
I’m also sorry that you have to keep reliving your pain with each parole board hearing. A Life Sentence should mean LIFE! I did what I could to make that crystal clear to the parole board in my letter.

To HERO Investigator John J Schneider: Thank You for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten!

GOD Bless You All!

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

May 3, 2021

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