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Melissa Schmidt

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Melissa Jayne Schmidt

Marine Security Guard Detachment
 US Embassy: Nassau, Bahamas
US Mission: Havana, Cuba

Killed in the line of duty,
Police Officer,
Minneapolis, MN
Aug 12, 2002

Officer Down Web Memorial

Officer Melissa Schmidt was shot and killed after she and her partner responded to a call shortly after 1900 hours, reporting a woman with a gun at the Horn Towers public housing complex.

Contact was made with the 60-year-old female suspect 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 was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had been with the Minneapolis Police Department for over six years. She was assigned to the Public Housing Unit. Officer Schmidt is survived by her parents and brother.

OCCUPATION: Police Officer, Minneapolis, MN

       Detachments: Nassau 1990
Havana 1992
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- Marine Security Guard Ribbon

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Comments from Melissa's Close Friends

 Det Commander, Havana
Comments:  From The Officer Down Memorial Page

I was shcocked to learn of your untimely death in the Leatherneck magazine. I was your Detachment Commander at the U.S. Interests Section, Havana, Cuba, for 4 months before you left the Marines Corps. During the "tidal wave" that destroyed Old Havana AND the U.S. Interests Section, you and your fellow MSGs worked alot of hours, protecting a USINT building that was flooded and without electrical power for weeks. I remember visiting you on post during MIDWATCH. Your only light was a coleman latern and a MAGLITE

Sherman Kohler
MSG, Havana

Comments:  From The Officer Down Memorial Page
It has been 12 years since we served together in Havana, Cuba while on MSG Duty. When I reflect back on that experience, there isn't a lot that brings a smile to my face other than the fun times that you, myself, and some of the other Marines had. Thank you for making a not so good environment better. I remember you fondly and know that you are missed. Thank you for your service Marine and God Bless You!

Sherman Kohler
United States Marine Corps


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