‘Devastated' Ex-State Police Trainer Pleads Guilty in Training Accident That Left Trooper Dead

A former Pennsylvania State Police firearms instructor has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment charges in a firearms training accident that killed a trooper last fall.

Forty-three-year-old Richard Schroeter of Royersford entered the plea Tuesday in Montgomery County Court to five misdemeanor counts.

Prosecutors said Schroeter was conducting a Sept. 30 training session and pulled the trigger on his firearm while discussing the mechanism. The gun discharged, killing 26-year-old Trooper David Kedra.

Defense attorney Timothy Woodward said his client retired from the force earlier this year. He told reporters that Schroeter is "devastated" and pleaded guilty to accept responsibility.

Deputy District Attorney Samantha Cauffman said Tuesday that Kedra's family had been informed about the plea and would speak at sentencing. She said "Nothing is ever going to make this better for them."

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