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Drugs, ammunition found inside Dallas lawyer's apartment; shooting raises questions

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Dallas police found ammunition, drug paraphernalia and pills in the apartment of a Dallas attorney who was shot and killed while firing at police.

According to court documents, Michael Schmidt's safe contained a marijuana pipe and baggies of a green leafy substance, a white powdery substance and pills of various colors.

Inside his apartment, investigators also found bottles of medication prescribed to him for anxiety and high cholesterol, as well as pain killers that weren't prescribed to him. They found ammunition for .38 and .380 caliber weapons and 10 Texas driver's licenses belonging to various men and women, according to sources.

The shooting has raised questions within the Dallas Police Department about when a suspect shoots first.

On Thursday morning, the recently-divorced father of four said someone was trying to break into his high-rise uptown apartment. His 11-year-old daughter was with him at the time.

For some unknown reason Schmidt, wearing only a t-shirt and boxers, barricaded himself in a hallway and opened fire on responding officers.

"Some of them were hesitant and thought about it, and there was five rounds that were fired at him," said Ron Pinkston, President of the Dallas Police Association. "They didn't return fire during those five rounds."

The officers did return fire, killing Schmidt. His daughter was not hurt.

The four Dallas officers involved are on routine administrative leave. Police later said they do not believe there was ever an actual burglary in Schmidt's apartment.

Pinkston criticized the department's use of force policy for being too lax.

"Officers need to be able to react from their training; they don't need to be thinking about, ‘Am I going to get fired? What's going to happen to my family?'" said Pinkston. "That's what gets officers killed and that's what gets citizens killed."

Schmidt's family has declined to comment on his death, and a sign on their front door reads, "Thank you for stopping by, but we are resting right now. We will know you came by if you sign the book. Your thoughtfulness and is appreciated."

Schmidt's funeral was Monday afternoon.

There is no word on when the results from the toxicology test will come back that will show what was in Schmidt's system the morning of the shooting.

Police Chief David Brown only says he's grateful his officers used restraint and waited until they had a clear target before firing their service weapons at a blind corner.

He says officers didn't know then that Schmidt's 11-year-old daughter was nearby, and could've inadvertently struck her, but didn't.

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