Dallas Police shot and killed a Dallas lawyer who reported a burglary at his luxury apartment complex but wound up firing at officers.
The incident happened at about 2 a.m. Thursday at the Glass House by Windsor, which is a high rise building on McKinnon Street in Oak Lawn.
Police said a Glass House employee called them because a resident said his apartment was being burglarized.
That resident was lawyer Michael Edward Schmidt, 47, who worked at The Schmidt Firm and had since 1992.
For some reason, Schmidt barricaded himself inside the lobby with a gun and fired at responding officers when they tried to speak with him.
The officers retreated and took cover. They allegedly tried to defuse the situation, but ended up fatally shooting Schmidt after he moved toward them, police said.
"At some point, the individual moved from his barricaded position towards the officers," said Deputy Chief Gil Garza with the DPD. "It was then the officers returned fire striking him. He was pronounced deceased at the scene."
Sources told FOX4 that Schmidt had been taking prescription medication, and Schmidt's family thinks somehow the medication caused him to snap.
"It just sounded like a bunch of crashing to me because it was the middle of the night, I was half asleep; I didn't know it was gunshots until this morning," said neighbor Allison Weiner.
A close family friend told FOX4 that Schmidt and his wife had just divorced last year after a long marriage. Schmidt did not have a criminal record, and according to a source close to the family, no history of drug abuse or mental issues.
Sources also told FOX4 that Schmidt's children were with him for dinner on Wednesday night, and his 11-year-old spent the night at the apartment. It's not clear what she might have witnessed.
Police are still investigating and do not believe there ever was an actual burglary. No one else was injured, and investigators are awaiting the results of a toxicology report.
Four police officers involved in the shooting are on routine paid administrative leave.
"You don't see something like this every day," said witness Ken Shelton. "This is 30 feet from me, and you've got shotguns shooting. It was like war."
Shelton thought he was being pulled over at 1:30 a.m. when he saw nine Dallas Police cruisers race past him in front of Schmidt's apartment building.
"When they all came to a stop, they staggered their cars and came out with guns literally loaded," said Shelton. "It looked like something you'd see in Call of Duty."
As a trial lawyer, Schmidt appeared in FOX4 news stories about his cases.
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