Uptown Man Reports Burglary, Shoots At Responding Police, Dies [Update]

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Update at 12:45 p.m.Police have identified the gunman as Michael Edward Schmidt, whom The Dallas Morning News describes as a "prominent" lawyer.

Schmidt works for his dad, C.L. Schmidt, at The Schmidt Firm, a group of trial lawyers whose specialties range from car accidents to oil and gas litigation. The firm's eagerness to cash in on the West fertilizer plant explosion got Michael a mention in Time earlier this year.

Why he opened fire on police remains unclear.

Original postIn at least a couple of recent cases, Dallas cops appear to have been a bit too quick to pull the trigger. In one instance, an officer opened fire on a mentally ill man standing in a Rylie cul-de-sac. In another, an officer shot a carjacking suspect as he sat with his hands up in the passenger seat of a stolen car.

Sometimes, however, a suspect leaves the cops with no other choice.

That seems to be the case with a 47-year-old man police shot Thursday morning at an Uptown condominium complex. According to police, the man, a resident of the Glass House on McKinnon Street, approached a complex employee at 1:45 a.m. and said his home was being burglarized. The employee called 911.

See also: Kelvion Walker, the Man Shot Monday by Dallas Police, Had His Hands in the Air, Witness Says

When officers arrived a few minutes later, they learned that the purported burglary victim had barricaded himself in a hallway adjacent to the building's lobby and was armed. When police tried to speak to the man, he opened fire.

Details about how many shots were fired and by whom haven't yet been released. A witness told NBC 5 he'd heard the suspect fire at least a half dozen shots and that officers fired more than a dozen. In any case, there were enough to shatter the windows of the Glass House lobby.

Eventually, after greeting the cops' attempts to negotiate with additional gunfire, the man left the barricaded area. He was shot as he approached officers. He was dead at the scene. He has not yet been identified.

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rusknative
rusknative

going thru bad divorce and most likely this was a police enabled planned suicide so that the insurance would still pay off on his death.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

Notably - he had no history of mental illness.  He was just an ordinary, well-educated, Christian conservative - with a gun and a bad attitude.

blankcur1
blankcur1

Interesting he is described as prominent, regardless of his problems. If one is prominent they do not need to be described as such. 

lecterman
lecterman

Someone the other day told me that the only good lawyer is a dead lawyer.  So I guess this guy was a good guy?

bmarvel
bmarvel

Many years ago --  not in this city --a call came in late Christmas Eve on multiple gunshots in a well-to-do neighborhood. The first squad cars arrived to find a 17-year old on the front lawn waving a rifle in the air and screaming hysterically. Miracle of miracles, they held their fire. When they finally got the kid calmed down and got inside the house, they found that the young man's father had systematically gone about shooting his wife, mother-in-law, and two younger children, before running out of shotgun shells. At that point, the 17-year-old with the rifle backed his father into the kitchen, where the father grabbed a steak knife and stabbed himself to death. (The coroner later counted 17 wounds.) The kid called police then  ran outside with the rifle. 

I have no idea why police didn't shoot him right there on the front lawn. But they didn't, and so kept this from being a complete tragedy, an entire family wiped out. I'm not wise enough to recommend this as a cautionary tale to all police responding to emergency calls. But perhaps it does suggest that those of us who camp out here on the blogs tossing off our cheap opinions on what police ought or ought not to do should maybe keep a respectful silence unless we've had to personally face one of these situations.                        

JustSayin
JustSayin

His kids are adults - high school graduates. Guessing rogernorthrup1 and GodlessHeathen are correct.  ScottsMerken is way off-base.

tdkisok
tdkisok

Cocaine is a hell of a drug....

Usef
Usef

Too much Grand Theft Auto 5 it seems...

jmckee3
jmckee3

I keep seeing this refereed to as condo building when it is a rental apartment building, I mean it not a big deal but it strikes me as a weird error that has nothing to do with the story that keeps getting repeated.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Posh communities are not immune to the violence that plagues the lower income complexes, we see.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@JustSayin why am I off base?  What did I do here?  I was mocking another commenter for his idiotic comment

randomguy663
randomguy663

Actually, I happen to know of the family. They have 4 kids. 2 are highschool graduates, at least one still in college. One is an underclassman in high school, and one is an 11-year-old girl. So he had little kids, but also high school graduates.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Usef

Too much cocaine.  He was a snow-blower and a half.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@jmckee3Technically, they're all apartments. Condominium is a form of ownership of an apartment, which is a set of rooms in a larger building. Same with co-op, or cooperative. The vernacular use of apartment is to identify a rental unit.

That's your real estate lesson for the day.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@jmckee3 its uptown, no one dare calls anything apartments, they are all condos, duh

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Crack deal gone bad.

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

@ScottsMerkin I agree that my comment was idiotic, Merkin.


I responded in anger to an Internet troll.  Doesn't matter that my comment was intended to remind the troll that this was a flesh-and-blood human being (a close friend of a close friend) that the troll just disparaged.  After all, this is a forum (the comment section of the DO blogs) that only other trolls, like you (and me, I guess, if I'm to be brutally honest), actually pay attention to.  You were right, I was idiotic, Merkin, because I fed a troll.


And I respond to you now with full awareness that it's equally idiotic to feed a troll like you.  But you did ask why you were off base, and what did you do here.  You did nothing wrong.  I did.

A-nony-mouse
A-nony-mouse

@randomguy663WFAA is reporting that he took his 11-year-old daughter with him to the front desk just before the shootout. WFAA also mentions that he "struggled with addiction and had gotten a divorce in the last year or so."

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Units is the correct term...  Such peasants, what? (sarc)

bmarvel
bmarvel

@ruddskiruddski -- sometimes you really are a clueless, mean-spirited bastard. How in the world can you justify a comment like that -- even to yourself?  

tdkisok
tdkisok

@crimjunkie


Why be mad at the Merk? The lawyer was high on coke and out of control. He had kids. Good guys with kids don't do drugs to the point they are paranoid addicts.

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