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By Claire St. Amant
1.6.14 | 4:30 pm
Attorney Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt, 47, died in a shootout with Dallas police. Schmidt Law Firm
Glass House by Windsor in Dallas
Police arrived due to what is now believed to be a fake burglary report.
More information is slowly trickling out in the bizarre death of attorney Michael Schmidt, who died in a shootout with police at his Uptown Dallas condo on January 2. According to court documents obtained by CultureMap, Dallas police seized ammo, prescription pills and various drug paraphernalia from Schmidt’s 19th floor condominium on McKinnon Street the day of the shooting. The warrant to enter and search Schmidt’s residence was signed by Judge Michael Snipes at 6:26 am — just a few hours after the deadly encounter.
Police found more than 100 prescription pills at Michael Schmidt’s residence, including anti-depressants and pain killers. Police found assorted ammunition for .38-caliber weapons, more than 100 prescription pills, two plastic bags containing a “white powdery substance” and a “green leafy substance,” and what was described as a “penis-shaped marijuana pipe.” The prescription medicine included some pills prescribed to Schmidt, as well as many others with no labels.
The medicine seized includes 54 Hydrocodone pills (a painkiller), 14 Alprazolam pills (an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant) and a bottle labeled Trazodone (an antidepressant). In a safe, police found six separate bottles labeled Alprazolam containing white, yellow, orange, blue and brown pills. The safe also contained 10 Texas driver’s licenses.
Some of the more benign items found at Schmidt’s condo include a prescription dosage of Lovaza, which is used to prevent heart attacks; Atrovastatin, which is used to lower cholesterol; and Levofloxacin, which is used to treat bacterial infections. It is also given to people who have been exposed to anthrax.
Schmidt allegedly fired at police after they arrived at The Glass House by Windsor due to his bogus burglary report. Schmidt was wearing only a T-shirt and boxer shorts during the early-morning shootout and would not listen to officer demands to drop his weapon.
After firing on officers from a barricaded portion of a hallway on the ground floor, Schmidt reportedly charged at police, causing them to return fire. Schmidt died at the scene, and his 11-year-old daughter was later found to be on the premises, unharmed.
Michael Schmidt was a personal injury attorney and worked with his father, C.L. Schmidt, who founded the Schmidt Law Firm in 1992. He had four children with his wife, Wendy. The couple was married for more than 20 years but had recently separated.
Schmidt’s funeral was held January 6 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael Schmidt’s name to Highland Park Presbyterian Church or Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Gift of Life Fund for Celebrating Women, 3600 Gaston Ave., Ste. 100, Dallas, TX 75246.