Mpls remembers another officer down

Officer Melissa Schmidt was killed in the line of duty Aug. 1, 2002 (Minneapolis Police Department photo)

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.