P.O. Richard R. Schott #12028

Name:

Schott, Richard R.

Star:

12028

Memorial Panel #:

4

Rank:

Police Officer

District / Unit:

009 District

End of Watch:

03 December 1997

Incident Details:

Police Officer Richard R. Schott, 46, was 24-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 009 District. On December 3, 1997, Officer Schott was processing Sergio DeLeon after he had been arrested for possession of a controlled substance. While in the station’s lockup facility, the offender became violent towards Schott. Officers rushed to his aid and subdued DeLeon. As Schott walked away from the altercation, he lost consciousness and collapsed. He died an hour later at Columbia Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center of coronary arteriosclerosis which was aggravated by the physical altercation. The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide. Sergio DeLeon was charged with felony murder and three counts of aggravated battery. He was found innocent of Officer Schott’s death, but was found guilty of the three counts of aggravated battery and the initial possession charge. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Officer Schott’s funeral mass was held in St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He is survived by his son, Robert; father, Robert, and two brothers.