BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Sergeant Frederick Schlehuber who was killed in the line of duty 110 years ago today. In the early morning hours on Thursday, November 10, 1910, Sergeant Frederick Schlehuber, the first superior office to be killed in the line of duty was shot and killed at the District Attorney’s Office at Ashburton Place and Somerset Street. While waiting to present the case to the District Attorney involving the suspect who was accused of sexual assault on a minor, the suspect opened fire, mortally wounding Sergeant Schlehuber who died on his way to the hospital. The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and in 1919, he was transferred to Bridgewater State Mental Hospital.
Sergeant Schlehuber had served with the Boston Police Department for nineteen years and six months and he was survived by his wife and their child.
Sergeant Schlehuber is buried at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 12, east line 6, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial in Downtown Boston.
A Hero Sign has been placed in Sergeant Schlehuber’s honor in the area of Ashburton Place and Somerset Street, Downtown.