Crime

Michael Schmidt, Uptown Lawyer Shot By Police, Had Drugs, Penis-Shaped Marijuana Pipe in His Home

There hasn't been a satisfying explanation as to why Michael Schmidt, a successful Dallas trial lawyer described by friends as a "good, good person," barricaded himself in an Uptown apartment complex and opened fire on police while his 11-year-old daughter sat in his apartment. Probably, there never will be. But a list of the items found in Schmidt's home obtained by WFAA offers ... clues? Red herrings? A voyeuristic glimpse of an unsettled life?

According to an affidavit, detectives found some normal stuff -- paperwork, iPads, an omega 3 supplement -- and some stuff that wasn't so run-of-the-mill. Among the contents of a safe in Schmidt's apartment were:

  • a clear plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance;
  • a clear plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance;
  • multiple baggies and bottles containing pills of various colors;
  • 10 Texas driver's licenses; and
  • a penis-shaped marijuana pipe.
  • various ammunition that will be compared with shell casings from the scene of Schmidt's shootout with police.

It doesn't take a forensic scientist to deduce the white powdery and green leafy substances might be. Weaving those into a coherent narrative explaining Schmidt's apparent suicide-by-cop will be considerably more difficult.

See also: Uptown Man Reports Burglary, Shoots At Responding Police, Dies

Here's a copy of the affidavit, via WFAA:

Schmidt Affidavit

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Eric Nicholson
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