Police Officer Shawn Schneider
Lake City Police Department, Minnesota
End of Watch: Friday, December 30, 2011
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: 208
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 19, 2011
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Deceased
Agency Contact Information
Police Chief Gary Majchrzak
Lake City Police Department
209 South High Street
PO Box 448
Lake City, MN 55041
Phone: (651) 345-3344
Police Officer Shawn Schneider succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 11 days earlier while responding to a domestic disturbance call on West Lyon Avenue at approximately 8:30 am.
After arriving at the scene and attempting to make contact with the male subject, Officer Schneider was shot once in the head. The suspect retreated into the home, where he was found dead after a daylong standoff.
Officer Schneider was transported to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to his wounds.
Officer Schneider had served with the 10-officer Lake City Police Department for eight years.
LAKE CITY — Lake City Police Officer Shawn Schneider died early Friday evening at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester from wounds he suffered from being shot in the head Dec. 19 as he was responding to a domestic dispute.
“The family thanks everyone for their overwhelming support and well wishes during this difficult time,” according to a statement by Mayo Clinic.
The news quickly spread through Lake City and hit hard, said Doug Wallerich, a friend of Schneider. “It’s devastating, it’s horrible, I’m as shocked as anyone else,” he said. Wallerich owns the Railhouse Grill, which is within a few blocks of where Schneider, 32, was shot.
The restaurant and bar were full Friday evening until news of Schneider’s death arrived. “It took a half hour and it was quiet and lonely in here,” he said. “It’s a somber moment.”
Schneider was “a true small-town police officer, he would do anything for you, he would do anything for anybody,” he said. “This is hitting a lot of hearts.” Schneider leaves a wife and three young children.