Officer Julius Schultz

Officer Julius Schultz

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, April 27, 1870

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Julius Schultz

Officer Julius Schultz died of injuries sustained in the Virginia Capitol Disaster.

Officer Schultz was killed the day after his birthday.

On April 27th, 1870, a balcony collapsed inside of the Virginia State Capitol, killing 62 people, including 12 law enforcement officers.

Following the Civil War, the United States Army installed a mayor in Richmond. In January 1870 Virginia's governor appointed a new city council, which then appointed a new mayor. However, the previous mayor refused to cede the mayorship and the city operated with two mayors and governments, including two separate police departments.

The balcony collapse occurred during a Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals hearing to determine which of the city's two mayors and police departments was considered legitimate. Because of the interest in the case, hundreds of citizens crowded onto the balcony to view the case. The weight of the spectators caused the structure to give way, killing dozens of elected officials, law enforcement officers, and citizens, and injuring hundreds more.

Following what became known as the Capitol Disaster, the court reconvened and ultimately ruled that the newly appointed mayor was the legitimate mayor.

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  • Age 42
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Incident Details

  • Cause Structure collapse

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Properly inducted in 2020 Roll Call almost 150 years after that unfortunate tragic collapse. No matter the politics or Mayor supported, you gave the ultimate for Virginia.

Blake Tornblom
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September 26, 2020

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