‘Devastated' Ex-State Police Firearms Instructor Gets Jail for Training Accident That Killed Trooper

A judge has sentenced a former Pennsylvania State Police firearms instructor to two weeks in jail for accidentally shooting and killing a trooper during a training accident.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that Montgomery County Judge Garrett Page also sentenced Richard Schroeter to three to 18 months of house arrest.

Schroeter had pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment in the Sept. 30 incident that claimed the life of 26-year-old Trooper David Kedra.

The 43-year-old Schroeter retired from the force earlier this year. The accident happened when Schroeter pulled the trigger while discussing his weapon's mechanism during a training session. The gun discharged, killing Kedra.

Prosecutors say Schroeter breached safety protocols by failing to ensure his weapon was unloaded and failing to point his weapon away from the direction of everyone present.

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