Police Officer Melissa Jayne Schmidt

Police Officer Melissa Jayne Schmidt

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, August 1, 2002

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Melissa Jayne Schmidt

Officer Melissa Schmidt was shot and killed after she and her partner responded to a call shortly after 7:00 pm reporting a woman with a gun at a public housing complex.

Contact was made with the 60-year-old female suspect at Horn Towers and while the officers were questioning her, she said she needed to go to the bathroom. Officer Schmidt escorted the woman to the public restroom in the lobby of the building. While in the restroom, the woman produced a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Schmidt in the abdomen below her vest. Officer Schmidt was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Officer Schmidt had served with the Minneapolis Police Department for more than 6 years and was assigned to the Public Housing Unit. She previously served with the United States Marine Corps in MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and the U.S. Foreign Interests Section in Havana, and in Cuba as a Marine Security Guard. Officer Schmidt is survived by her parents and brother.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 6 years, 6 months
  • Badge 6367
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

suspicious person

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We remembered you yesterday as we do everyday. Just didn't have a good connection on the computer to get our message out. You know how we feel. As you know, we're not in our house, but hope to be back soon. The fire ruined a lot but the blue lights we had outside survived! The light fixtures were a bust but we feel you had a hand in saving those lights! Can't believe its been 17 years since you were taken from us Miss you every single day. Until we meet again.....love you to eternity!

Carole Schmidt
Mother

August 2, 2019

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