Detective Louis F. Schroeder

Detective Louis F. Schroeder

New York Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, January 17, 1921

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Louis F. Schroeder

Detective Louis Schroeder and Detective Augustus Long were shot and killed during a payroll robbery by four men at the New York Central Terminal in Toledo, Ohio. The suspects shot the two detectives after robbing a ticket agent of more then $10,000.

One suspect committed suicide as he was about to be apprehended. Two suspects were apprehended and sentenced to death. One was was executed on July 1, 1921, and the second was executed on March 3, 1922. The fourth suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life.

Detective Schroeder was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 64
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Ohio
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed


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Detective Schroeder, I have mentioned before my Father's 5 years as a NYCRR Police Officer, but I failed to mention that he did several years prior to that working the trains. His father was a brakeman and conductor on freight and passenger trains. My Uncle worked for the NYCRR and retired from CSX. My Grandfather's father got him the job on the railroad.

I may have never worked for the railroad, but thanks to my family, I feel a kinship with the rails and hence, I hold all railroad employees in high regard, but RR Police especially and of course, NYCRR in particular. You are a hero in my opinion and I will not forget your efforts and sacrifice.

God Bless you Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

January 16, 2019

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