Detective John David Schroeder

Detective John David Schroeder

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, November 30, 1973

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John David Schroeder

Detective John Schroeder was shot and killed when he surprised three men who were robbing a pawn shop at 1904 Washington Street.

Detective Schroeder was at the business to conduct a background investigation of a police recruit.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder but released on a technicality after serving only 12 years. After being released, he committed an armed robbery and was returned to jail. He was again released, and in August 2018, he was once more arrested on illegal firearms sale charges.

Detective Schroeder had been with the Boston Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his parents and four siblings. One of his other brothers, Patrolman Walter Schroeder, was shot and killed in the line of duty on Sept. 24, 1970, while working for the Boston Police Department.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 1479

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released after 12 years


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Detective Schroeder, it has been 50 years since you were taken from us to join your blood brother. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

November 30, 2023

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