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.


  • 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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Sgt. Schrott,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 25, 2022

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