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Slain lawyer shot by police had drugs in his condo, court records say

Posted Jan 7, 2014 1:10 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A well-known Texas personal injury lawyer killed by police in a shootout in a hallway outside his Dallas condominium last week had drugs in his home, court records say.

Michael Edward Schmidt, 47, was wearing only a T-shirt and boxer shorts, an affidavit for a search warrant says, as he reportedly fired at city police responding to Schmidt's claim, relayed by an employee at the highrise condominium, that his unit was being burglarized. The officers hesitated but eventually fired back and killed Schmidt, who had barricaded himself in the hallway, according to the Dallas Morning News and KDFW.

Unbeknownst to police as they fired, the lawyer's 11-year-old daughter was also nearby at the time, according to news reports. She was not injured.

Search warrants were subsequently executed as police investigated to try to determine what had led up to the incident. They reportedly do not believe Schmidt's apparent claim that his apartment was burglarized.

Among the items found in Schmidt's apartment or at least one vehicle parked inside the Glass House by Windsor were drug paraphernalia, pills of various colors, a white powdery substance, anxiety medication for which the lawyer had a prescription and hydrocodone pills for which he apparently did not, according to another KDFW article and WFAA. The Dallas Observer also has a story.

The results of a toxicology test on Schmidt by the medical examiner's office aren't yet known.

Schmidt's funeral was Monday and he is remembered in an obituary published by the Dallas Morning News as a generous, charismatic and fun-loving man who almost became a "fifth kid" as he played with his four children.

Schmidt earned both a law degree and a master's in business administration from Oklahoma City University, according to the obituary. He and his wife had recently divorced.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "Prominent personal injury lawyer is shot and killed in police shootout"

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