State trooper David Kedra was accidentally shot during a an annual gun training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in Conshohocken, near Philadelphia. The 26-year-old was flown to a hospital by helicopter where he was pronounced dead.
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State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said it was with “an extremely heavy heart and deep sorrow” that he announced the death of state trooper David Kedra.
“He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police mourn his loss and extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” Noonan said.
Kedra is the 96th member of the state police to be killed in the line of duty and also the second trooper to be killed in September following Cpl. Bryon Dickson’s death in an ambush.
The shooting of Kedra remains under investigation although state police say the man was shot in the chest. It’s said the safety facility where the shooting occurred has classrooms and training facilities for firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians.
According to WJAX, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has ordered flags to fly at half-staff at the state Capitol and in Montgomery County in honor of state trooper David Kedra. The flags will remain at half-mast until Kedra is laid to rest. Kedra had been an officer in the state trooper police since June of 2012.