New details are emerging in the shocking death of acclaimed attorney Michael Schmidt. The 47-year-old father of four was shot and killed by Dallas police on January 2 after reporting a phony burglary seemingly to draw law enforcement officials to his Uptown condominium.
Police have confirmed reports that Schmidt's 11-year-old daughter was in his condo on Mckinnon Street when the deadly shooting occurred. "Indications are that she was out of sight of the officers," a statement from police reads. "She was located uninjured after the shooting and was released to the custody of relatives."
Police also said that four officers have been placed on paid administrative leave following the incident. This is standard procedure in the wake of deadly shooting investigation. Two of the officers involved in the shooting were veterans with a combined 27 years experience. The other two officers were newer to the force with two years and six years experience.
Michael Schmdit worked with his father, C.L. Schmidt, who founded the Schmidt Law Firm in 1992. C.L. Schmidt married Glenna Goodacre — the mother of Victoria Secret model Jill Goodacre, who is married to Harry Connick Jr.
Michael earned degrees from Southern Methodist University and Oklahoma City University. He was a personal injury attorney most noted for his $10.5 million jury victory in a wrongful death lawsuit against Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's Club.
The death has surprised and confused those who knew Schmidt, such as coworker attorney James Holmes. He told ABC News that Schmidt seemed well rested and relaxed when Holmes saw him on December 27 — less than a week before his deadly confrontation with police.
"Michael was a very lovable and laid back guy and was kind and generous," Holmes said in an interview with ABC News. "Anyone would have said that about him before this, he was just a very likable person."