Sergeant William Edward Schrott

Sergeant William Edward Schrott

Penn Hills Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, March 25, 1972

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William Edward Schrott

Sergeant William Schrott and Officer Bartley Connolly were shot and killed while working uniformed off-duty security jobs at a local mall.

A petite female subject had just attempted an armed robbery at the store Sergeant Schrott was working at. Thinking the woman was a little girl because of her build, Sergeant Schrott attempted to talk her into dropping the gun, but instead, she shot him. Witnesses ran to another store where Sergeant Connolly was working. He attempted to take the same action Sergeant Schrott took and was also shot and killed.

An off-duty Pittsburgh police officer shot the woman in the leg and was then shot by a responding Penn Hills Police officer who mistook him as the shooter of Sergeant Schrott and Officer Connolly.

The 24-year-old woman was convicted of first degree murder of one officer and second degree murder of the other and sentenced to life imprisonment. As of March 14, 2016, she was in prison.

Sergeant Schrott was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and had served with the Penn Hills Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 49
  • Tour 21 years, 7 months
  • Badge SERGEANT
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I knew both well. as both would stop by the house with my dad. My dad was an office with Penn Hills and worked with both Bill and Bart. Bill had a pet rabbit I loved. Now that my dad is now gone and I hope my dad has reunited with Bill and Bart in telling stories. Still think about both after many years. I followed my dad in law enforcement and retired after 35 years. Now my son is following.

David Gray, S/A Ret.
DOJ/DEA

November 19, 2020

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