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Manhunt On For Man Who Ambushed, Killed Pa. Trooper

Manhunt On For Man Who Ambushed, Killed Pa. Trooper

Trooper Paul Richey

The AP via YellowBrix

January 14, 2010

CRANBERRY, Pa. — A state trooper responding to a domestic call at a rural home Wednesday was fatally shot as he got out of his cruiser, and a search was on for the gunman.

Trooper Paul G. Richey, a 16-year veteran assigned to the Franklin barracks, and another trooper arrived at the home at about 11:30 a.m. when a shot was fired from inside, killing Richey.

“Trooper Richey sacrificed his life rather than swerve from the path of duty,” state Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said in a statement. “We will not forget his service or his sacrifice.”

Richey, 40, of Franklin, is survived by a wife and two young children.

The shooting happened in a rural, heavily wooded area outside Oil City, about 80 miles north of Pittsburgh. Dozens of state police cruisers, many unmarked, quickly converged on the area and remained there hours later blocking roads and searching cars.

Police did not immediately release the name of a suspect. However, officers were showing motorists the driver’s license picture of Michael Smith, who lives on the road where the shooting occurred.

Paul Solle, 83, who lives about three-quarters of a mile from Smith’s home, said hundreds of officers were in the area. He said he was heeding their advice to stay inside, where he was watching coverage of the shooting on TV.

Solle said he knew who Smith was but didn’t know him well.

“He just seemed like an average guy to me,” Solle said. “The neighbors don’t associate here, not that they don’t get along, it’s just that they do their own thing.”

Earlier in the day, a high school and elementary school were on lockdown, though children were being taken home two busses at a time or allowed to leave if their parents picked them up.

Clarion University’s Venango campus also was put on lockdown. On its Web site, the university cautioned students to avoid the area or “secure yourself in a safe place and wait for police.”

Gov. Ed Rendell called the shooting a tragedy and ordered flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Richey.

Richey is the 93rd member of the state police to be killed in the line of duty. His death comes about seven months after the agency’s last fatal shooting. Trooper Joshua D. Miller was killed in June during the rescue of a kidnapped child in Monroe County.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP and my prayers to the family and the Stae Trooper department..

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    LAR1958CORRECTIONS

    over 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS,I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS,GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS!

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P., prayers to your family and friends...

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42238 Comments

    Wish I could be a part of THIS manhunt!!!!!

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    wildsoldier

    over 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    RIP brother..

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    jmoell

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    R.I.P. Trooper Paul Richey.. We are all thinking of your sacrifice. Prayers for your family and friends..

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    Straightshooter

    over 4 years ago

    1708 Comments

    R.I.P. Trooper Paul G. Richey. Our Prayers for your Family and friends.

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    cops1521

    over 4 years ago

    1006 Comments

    It's unfortunate the POS who did this not only killed this hero Trooper but cowardly killed his wife as well. This hits me doubly hard, just a few days ago, we had an eerily similar case, fortunately here in Monroe County, the Deputy and elderly woman shot survived and unfortunately our POS gave up.

    Be careful out there guys and gals, go home to your families.

    R.I.P. Trooper Richey.

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    habby16133

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    this was 2 miles from my house. what a shame. he will be truly missed by all of us. As an officer in training, you are my hero!

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    raidergal70

    over 4 years ago

    622 Comments

    May you rest in peace and to his family...my heart and prayers are with you here in WA

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    servingproud

    over 4 years ago

    4654 Comments

    RIP Brother. Your on GODs watch now.

    Great news on the POS.

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    southpore1

    over 4 years ago

    156 Comments

    May God bless Trooper Paul G. Richey, may he rest in peace.
    Get the scumbag who did this!

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    UPDATE.......the p.o.s. is dead!!

    http://www.wpxi.com/news/22226671/detail.html

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    SERT0629

    over 4 years ago

    474 Comments

    RIP Trooper Richey. Job well done.

    This is turning out to be a bad year for us. 9 killed in the line of duty so far, matching all of January 2009

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    dwit

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    R.I.P TROOPER Richey You will be missed . May my condolences be sent out to your friends and family. You service is heroic, and I Thank You

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