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Pennsylvania Shooter Found Dead in Home

Pennsylvania Shooter Found Dead in Home

The AP via YellowBrix

January 14, 2010

Pennsylvania state police believe a man fatally ambushed a state trooper responding to a domestic dispute, and also killed his wife before turning the gun on himself, investigators said Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Lenny Bandy said a man police couldn’t see yelled from a window as two troopers responded to a dispute at the home of Michael J. Smith, 44, shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

When the troopers yelled back for the man to present himself, a man they believe is Smith instead fired one shot, striking Trooper Paul G. Richey as he attempted to enter a side door, according to Bandy.

“Trooper Richey did not have a chance to defend himself,” Bandy said at a news conference Wednesday night. “He was ambushed.”

Related:
Penn. State Trooper Fatally Shot at Domestic

A second trooper radioed for backup and other troopers responded and fired multiple shots at the house to provide cover for crews to remove Richey’s body from the scene. The trooper was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The shooting prompted a precautionary manhunt because, although troopers believed Smith and his wife remained in the residence, they could not be sure of that at the time, Bandy said.

By 6:15 p.m., authorities were satisfied that it was likely that the suspect was in the home and they entered to find Smith and his wife, 53-year-old Nancy Smith, both dead of gunshot wounds, police said. Although ballistic and autopsy results are still pending, Bandy said it’s most likely that Smith killed the trooper and his wife before killing himself.

Police don’t know if Smith killed his wife before or after he killed the trooper, Bandy said.


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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP

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    NewYork911

    over 4 years ago

    1672 Comments

    God Speed Brother.

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    SPDNH156

    over 4 years ago

    150 Comments

    RIP

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    ilegworldchamp

    over 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    For some unknown reason they want to kill a Cop along with themselves. Rest In Peace my Brother and take your place along with all the other Fallen Heroes who now walk the patrol in Heaven.

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    kaalima

    over 4 years ago

    1748 Comments

    Why don't these animals just off themselves to begin with ?!!

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11214 Comments

    The POS could have avoided all this tragedy by shooting himself first !!!! R.I.P., Trooper Richey.

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P., Prayers to family and friends.

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    mkiprotection

    over 4 years ago

    2384 Comments

    RIP brother and I'm glad he saved everyone the $$ for the conviction and keeping him locked up...

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Richey's family!

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42796 Comments

    My prayers and sympathies to all of Trooper Richey's family, LEO family and friends.

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    Leddy610

    over 4 years ago

    204 Comments

    There's really nothing to say about this other than RIP Trooper Richey, and my prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to his wife, children, and extended family and friends. A disgusting occurrence that is becoming all too frequent.

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    JrzyGrl

    over 4 years ago

    106 Comments

    RIP Officer Richey....God Bless your Family and Brother Officer during this hard time

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    rcs2052

    over 4 years ago

    182 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    IowaNinersFan

    over 4 years ago

    22000 Comments

    RIP Officer Richey.

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    wildsoldier

    over 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    It is a tragedy that anyone got hurt at all, but I'm glad the POS paid for the shooting....again RIP Brother and RIP to the wife....so sad...

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