Chief of Detectives Frank E. Schoonmaker

Chief of Detectives Frank E. Schoonmaker

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, October 24, 1931

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Frank E. Schoonmaker

Chief of Detectives Frank Schoonmaker was shot and killed while searching for two suspects who had just robbed a man of $12 and a pair of shoes at the Baton Rouge railroad yards.

Unknown to Detective Shoonmaker, the subjects had escaped prison in Mississippi. One suspect shot him as he searched the second suspect. The men fled but were apprehended two hours later.

The suspect was convicted of murder and hanged on February 3, 1933.

Detective Schoonmaker, who also served as the city's elected constable, was survived by his wife and 8-year-old daughter.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1933

arrest attempt, escapee, robbery

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Frank was my maternal grandfather - who I never knew. My mom was only 8 when he was killed. Surely would have loved to have known him. R.I.P. Granddad.

Cory Miller

November 10, 2023

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