Police Officer John Schultz

Police Officer John Schultz

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, February 23, 1926

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John Schultz

Police Officer John Schultz and Police Officer Fred Peitsch were shot and killed while questioning a possible bootlegging suspect at 889 Laurel Avenue.

The man shot the officers several times. As Officer Schultz attempted to crawl back to his patrol car the man shot him two more times, including once in the head. The suspect then fled in their patrol car.

Three suspects were apprehended two days later in Menomonie, Wisconsin, and charged with both murders and several robberies. They were each sentenced to 240 years on the robbery charges but the murder charges were dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

In September 1927 a gangster arrested for murdering another criminal in St. Paul stated that the dead man had murdered two police officers and several others. An investigation revealed that he was the murderer of Officer Peitsch and Officer Schultz as well as eight others.

Officer Schultz was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the St. Paul Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Deceased

alcohol violation

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I was too young to know you when you died in the line of duty. However, I am proud to call you my Great Uncle and I truly wish I could have known you. Your niece, Suzanne (Schultz) Roach

Family, niece of John Schultz
Family, Officer John Schultz was my Great Uncle.

May 15, 2019

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