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Pennsylvania State Trooper down in Venango County

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  1. ctaggart

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    This is close to where I work. Approx 25-30 minutes. I believe it's still unfolding as I type this. As of now, there is one State Trooper which has been killed. Barricaded gunman during a domestic violence call. The Pittsburgh Swat team is on their way now as well as over 100 additional State Troopers.


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    Call in a couple fast-movers with JDAMs and tell LE on scene to keep their heads down.

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    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122550582

    Pa. State Trooper Shot, Killed, Suspect Found Dead


    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."
    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.
    Bandy said that although troopers fired at the house, there is no indication that any of those bullets hit the Smiths.
    Richey, 40, of Franklin, is survived by a wife and two young children.
    "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."
    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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    Police: Man who killed Pa. trooper threatened wife


    A man who police believe killed his wife and a state trooper before committing suicide had a history of substance use and violence and threatened to kill her in a phone conversation with a relative, according to old and new court documents.

    Police expect autopsy and ballistics tests will confirm that Michael J. Smith shot his wife, Nancy Frey-Smith, and Trooper Paul Richey before he shot himself on Wednesday, Smith's 44th birthday.

    Richey, 40, of Franklin, was one of two officers sent to the Smiths' home near Oil City after Frey-Smith's sister called police late Wednesday morning.

    The sister, Cheryl Rodgers, said Frey-Smith told her in a phone call earlier in the morning that she wasn't going to work because Smith was in "one of his moods," according to a police search warrant affidavit.

    Rodgers then spoke to Frey-Smith's boss, who said she reported having been assaulted by her husband. Rodgers called back and spoke to the couple, saying she was bringing them cigarettes and telling Smith she wanted to see her sister.

    Rodgers said Michael Smith told her "she shouldn't bother coming and that she had 'just signed Nancy's death warrant,'" the affidavit said. Rodgers then called police.

    State police Lt. Col. Lenny Bandy said Wednesday night that Smith had at least three "long guns," but Bandy wouldn't describe them or say which one police believe he used to ambush Richey as he approached the house about 11:45 a.m.

    Police also haven't said whether they believe Smith shot his 53-year-old wife or the trooper first. Officers found the couple's bodies after forcibly entering the Cranberry Township, Venango County, home Wednesday evening. Both had been shot. Autopsies were being conducted Thursday.

    This week wasn't the first time Michael Smith threatened to kill his wife or the first time that her employer, A. Crivelli Chevrolet in nearby Sugarcreek Township, was made aware of her husband's violent ways, according to 13-year-old court records.

    On March 28, 1997, Michael Smith went to the dealership looking for his wife with a loaded rifle, according to a criminal complaint from that year. The complaint provides few details, except to say that Michael Smith threatened himself and several officers before he was arrested.
    Prosecutors later dropped all charges, except a stalking count to which Smith pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to probation.
    A companion protection-from-abuse request filed by his wife in 1997 said Smith, a day after going to the car dealership, put a gun in his mouth and "attempted to get in the door where I was."

    "Prior to the incident, he had told me on the phone that he intended to get drunk and do some coke," Frey-Smith said in the PFA request, which was granted.

    Frey-Smith was a customer delivery coordinator for the dealership and had worked there for 16 years. Michael Crivelli, whose father owns the business, said he wasn't aware of any problems between the couple beyond the 1997 encounter and Wednesday, when she told him that Michael assaulted her.

    "It may seem odd, but as far as her bringing any personal problems into the store, there wasn't any. Whether she had any problems at home, I don't know," Crivelli said Thursday. "As far as what was shown here at work, I didn't see anything."

    The 1997 court records show that Michael Smith entered a drug treatment center and that his wife was petitioning the court by May 1997 for permission to see him and to meet with a marriage counselor. Two months later, his in-laws asked that the protection order be lifted, saying, "We intend to support our son-in-law in his recovery."

    Nancy Smith's sister did not immediately return a call for comment and a number listed in her parents' name was disconnected.

    Trooper Richey is survived by his wife, Carrie, and two children, Connor, 9, and Catherine, 6. Gov. Ed Rendell ordered flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff in Richey's honor.
     
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    Another tragic murder of a Police Officer, when will this stop?
     
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    As long as there is a need for police officers, this kind of senseless violence isn't going to stop.:fallenofficer:
     
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