Police Officer Jason Schneider
Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 28, 2013
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police James Johnson
Baltimore County Police Department
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, MD 21286
Phone: (410) 887-2214
Police Officer Jason Schneider was shot and killed while serving a search warrant at a home on Roberts Avenue, in Catonsville, at approximately 5:00 a.m.
Officer Schneider was part of the tactical team that had entered the house in search of a subject wanted in relation to a shooting the previous week. While the team searched room-to-room the subject opened fire and shot Officer Schneider several times.
Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Schneider returned fire and critically injured the subject.
Officer Schneider had served with the Baltimore County Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
TOWSON, Md. – Police Officer First Class Jason Schneider is described by Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson as "extraordinarily experienced."
Schneider was a leader of the police force’s tactical unit. He was also a 36-year-old man with a family that lost his life in the name of public safety.
"This is a terrible loss for Baltimore County," Chief Johnson said of Schneider’s death at a news conference Monday. "His noble work is greatly appreciated, and his bravery and role in the great human experience brought us here today. Low crime rates mean nothing today…all that matters is that we lost a police officer."
Schneider was shot on Wednesday morning while attempting to serve a warrant to a 29-year-old suspect in an August 19 shooting. He later died at Shock Trauma.
Schneider’s death marks the ninth line of duty death for the Baltimore County Police Department since 1969.
Schneider served 13 years in local law enforcement and 10 years in the special tactical unit of the Baltimore County Police department, where he served as the unit’s leader.
Retired Lt. Kevin Novak can attest to Schneider’s leadership and character. Novak was in charge of Schneider’s unit for four years.
"He was dedicated and was always trying to learn more and teach others to make them better and keep them safe," Novak said. "This is such a senseless loss."
Novak said Schneider was a true leader within the unit and was often the first one to enter a dangerous scene while serving a warrant. He added that Schneider was an instructor at the county’s counter-sniper school, which taught officers locally and across the region.
"He wanted to make everyone he worked with better," Novak said. "He was always prepared and understood the risks. We train for every scenario, but unfortunately there is always an element of the unknown whenever you serve a warrant."
Novak said officers with his unit will lean on each other and work with the family to help get them through this tragic time. He added that while unit’s like Schneider’s are especially close given the extremely dangerous nature of their job.
"There’s a complete trust among the officers," Novak said. "There has to be. You are placing your lives in each others’ hands. We are like a big family."
Born Feb. 11, 1977 in California, he was the son of Charles Dennis Schneider and Karen Ann Buchheister Schneider.
He was the husband of Ericka Nicole Fulton Schneider. He was a graduate of North Carroll High School, class of 1995 and then served with the U.S Marine Corps. In addition to his wife and parents he is survived by his two children Brandon and Kayla, two brothers and their spouses, Kenneth and Autumn Schneider of Hampstead and Michael and Nicole Schneider of Westminster. Also survived by many other relatives and friends.
His funeral is set for 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church . Schneider’s interment will be in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium,
Gov. Martin O’Malley has ordered the Maryland flag flown at half-staff in honor of Schneider.
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