END OF WATCH: August 31, 2006
Cleveland Police Department
Age: 37 | Badge# 2191
On August 19th, 1996, Jonathan Schroeder, started his career with the Cleveland Division of Police as a recruit in the 114th Academy class. Upon graduation, “A.J.”, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, was assigned to the First District on the west-side of Cleveland.
Throughout his career A.J. was a very diligent and caring officer, who never lost sight of what police officers should be… protector of the innocent and guardian of the public peace.
On Wednesday August 30th, 2006 at approximately 11:00pm, the First District Vice Unit, to which he was assigned, was assisting the Sex Crimes Unit and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, in attempting to apprehend Wilson Santiago, wanted in connection with the brutal rape, and kidnapping of a female victim.
At approximately 11:50pm, the group of detectives and officers attempted to arrest the suspect at his residence. A.J., who was an avid runner and in excellent physical condition, was responsible for using the battering ram to open the door if necessary. After knocking and announcing their presence, the suspect briefly opened the door, and then immediately closed it. As A.J. attempted to use the ram to gain entry into the house, the suspect fired two rounds through the door, one striking him. Although he was wearing his ballistic vest, the bullet traveled underneath his armpit, piercing his heart. He was then transported to Metro Health Medical Center by his fellow officers where he died shortly after midnight.
The funeral services for A.J. brought over 3,000 officers from throughout the United States and Canada. He was buried in his hometown of Monroeville, PA, with full honors.
A.J. was truly a “Cop’s Cop” and will never be forgotten by the men and women who had the pleasure of serving with him. The outpouring of support from the community in which he served showed their immense respect for this fine detective.
Detective Schroeder leaves behind his wife Amy, and 10 month old son Eric, James and Virginia Schroeder his mother and father, three brothers, a sister and a host of family and friends.
Jonathan Schroeder’s name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Panel 19 E-25.