Patrolman Francis T. Schneible

Patrolman Francis T. Schneible

Dover Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Monday, December 20, 1993

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Francis T. Schneible

Patrolman Francis Schneible succumbed to a shotgun wound sustained 24 years earlier when he was shot while attempting to arrest a shoplifter in downtown Dover.

The manager of a Woolworth store had caught the man stealing a $3.00 pair of underwear and chased him to an abandoned house at 426 Loockerman Street. Patrolman Schneible and another officer arrived and accompanied the manager into the home.

As the officers began to search the home the man opened fire with a shotgun, striking Patrolman Schneible in the side. The other officer then shot and killed the subject.

Patrolman Schneible, a U.S. Air Force veteran, recovered from his injuries and later returned to work. He served with the Dover Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, October 9, 1969
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killled


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From one Delaware LEO to another, on this 27th anniversary of your untimely death, I thank you for your service, both military and police. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 20, 2020

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