Police Officer Charles W. Schoof

Police Officer Charles W. Schoof

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, July 19, 1913

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Charles W. Schoof

Officer Charles W. Schoof was shot and killed after catching a man breaking into a storage shed in an alley between Mullet and Clinton Streets.

There were no witnesses to the shooting, but a crowd gathered after hearing the shot and began to chase a man holding a revolver. The subject was able to flee without being caught by the crowd.

The 24-year-old suspect was apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life. In 1922 he was pardoned by Governor Alex J. Groesbeck. On September 5, 1923, he was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

Officer Schoof had served with the Detroit Police Department for one year. He was survived by his parents, brother, and three sisters.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Pardoned in 1923


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Officer Schoof,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit.


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July 19, 2023

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