All seemed well Wednesday evening when Dallas civil lawyer Michael Edward Schmidt spoke on the phone with his father, who is also his law partner.
“He was just marvelous,” C.L. Mike Schmidt said. “Couldn’t be better.”
Less than 12 hours later, C.L. Schmidt received a call from his son’s ex-wife. Michael Schmidt, 47, was dead after starting a shootout with Dallas police officers at his Uptown apartment tower.
His 11-year-old daughter was in the hallway at the time of the shooting, but officers said they could not see her.
A dispatch recording indicates that Schmidt appeared to be “kinda high.” Authorities are awaiting toxicology results to determine what, if any, drugs