Detective John David Schroeder

Detective John David Schroeder

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, November 30, 1973

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 same agency.

Bio

  • Age 54
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 1479

Incident Details

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

robbery

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Detective Schroeder worked with my grandfather Detective Bob Huntley. I never met John but my grandfather spoke of him often. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Richard Bancroft
Grandfather worked with Det. Schroeder.

August 5, 2018

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