As the investigation into this week’s shooting death of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick continues, Minneapolis police officers are remembering the loss of one of their own killed in the line of duty 12 years ago today. Officer Melissa Schmidt was fatally wounded by a suspect in the bathroom of a public housing high rise on the evening of Aug. 1, 2002. According to police, Schmidt managed to return fire and kill 60-year-old Martha Donald during the confrontation. Schmidt, 35, was a Marine veteran who’d been on the force for 6 years.
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Brandt Williams is a reporter with MPR News’ Metro Unit. At MPR, Brandt has extensively covered city government, public safety and courts; race and justice; and livability issues in the city of Minneapolis. Brandt grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Speech Communications in 1991.