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Police search for clues in fatal shooting of Dallas lawyer

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Court documents reveal what Dallas Police were searching for in the apartment of a lawyer who died in a police shootout early Thursday morning.

Police say 47-year-old Michael Schmidt opened fire as they responded to a call regarding a burglary in progress call at his high-rise uptown apartment.

A search warrant authorizes the search of Schmidt's home and vehicles inside his Dallas high-rise apartment. It shows that police were specifically searching for medications and drugs, both legal and illegal after close family friends said that they believed perhaps a mix of medication may have caused the recently-divorced father of four to snap. 

Police also searched the apartment for handguns, rifles, ammunition, clips, computers cell phones and papers or documents that might aid the investigation.

The probable cause for the warrant provides a narrative of what officers encountered when they arrived at the first-floor lobby of the Glass House by Windsor apartments.

The warrant says Schmidt was armed with a handgun, wearing only a T-shirt and boxer shorts, and refused to drop the gun. It goes on to say Schmidt fired on officers, and they returned fire, striking and killing Schmidt.   

The affidavit does not mention one important fact: that Schmidt's 11-year-old daughter was with him in the lobby.

Police say the child was nearby, but they did not know she was there at the time of the shootout.

While the warrant highlights what police were looking for in Schmidt's apartment, what they found there won't be disclosed until next week.  

Investigators are hoping a toxicology report from the medical examiner's office will help explain why the incident happened.

Police said Thursday they do not believe there ever was an actual burglary at Schmidt's apartment.

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