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Pennsylvania Trooper Charged in Training Accident Shooting of Fellow Officer

February 12, 2015  | 

Pennsylvania State Trooper David Kedra (Photo: Pennsylvania State Police)
Pennsylvania State Trooper David Kedra (Photo: Pennsylvania State Police)

More than four months after rookie State Trooper David Kedra was killed in a Montgomery County training exercise, authorities on Tuesday identified and charged his shooter - an experienced instructor - with reckless endangerment.

The charged officer, who is a 20-year veteran of the state police and has been a firearms instructor for over a decade, could face up to 10 years in prison.

The grand jury report that recommended the charges also delivered answers to many of the questions that have surrounded Kedra's death, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The charged officer, it said, had been conducting training sessions as the department switched from a Glock to a Sig Sauer handgun.

On Sept. 30, Kedra, 26, was one of five troopers sitting around a table at the Public Safety Training Campus in Plymouth Township.

"[The charged officer] was discussing the trigger mechanics when he pulled the trigger on his duty-issued firearm," the District Attorney's Office and the state police said in a joint statement.

The weapon fired, and a bullet struck Kedra in the abdomen. He died about an hour later at a trauma center in Philadelphia.

Comments (6)

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Sam Johnson @ 2/12/2015 5:27 PM

I've seen some stupid gun-handling but this takes the cake. What the h..k is he doing even clearing leather in that environment with a good reason?

kevCopAz @ 2/12/2015 7:56 PM

extremely sad, two cops careers end, one with death. I have told myself consistently throughout my 32+ year career that one never should get so familiar with a weapon that you lose the fear of that weapon harming you unless you treat it as always loaded. I know I have extreme views on this, but even when I unloaded a weapon I never pointed it at anything "that I didn't want to shoot" as I was taught by fire arms instructors when I was a rookie as Im sure many if not all of us were taught. The old saying that "familiarity breeds contempt" may apply to a small degree. Im sad to say that the officer who killed the other officer should know that better then any of us as an instructor, but then one gets so used to a "tool" that one forgets safety and that "it can happen to me". Im sad for both officers.

Jon LEO Retired @ 2/12/2015 8:23 PM

Oh my. It sounds like the instructor forgot to double check to make sure the gun was in fact unloaded. What a Tragedy!

PoPo @ 2/13/2015 6:25 AM

Well said KevCopAz, being too familiar with your sidearm makes you overly confident and thus less afraid of the business end and more apt to ignore the basics. Hard lesson is learned, and hopefully we all learn from this tragedy.
Start with the premise that the gun is always loaded regardless if it is in pieces being cleaned, or in your holster, and the business end is always pointed in a safe direction unless you intend to use it. The Basics are taught for a reason. 20 years on the job is reduced to less than a second of error in judgment and a young life lost.

Ken Lewis @ 2/14/2015 7:37 AM

Tragic and preventable! The other three troopers need to share the grief and responsibility; they failed to enforce basic safety. EVERYONE is in charge of safety. All three should have attacked the safety issues of the muzzle was clearly not pointed in a safe direction at all times, and not verifying Clear and Safe condition. Not inclusive, but lets start here.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/15/2015 12:44 AM

Sad for them both.

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