Trooper Paul G. Richey
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service: 16 years
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Date of Incident: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Michael J. Smith (Committed Suicide)
Trooper. Paul G. Richey, 40, a 16-year-veteran of the
Pennsylvania State Police,
died Jan. 13, as the result of a gunshot wound suffered during
an incident in
Cranberry Twp., Venango County.
Trooper. Richey was assigned to the Patrol Unit at Troop E,
Troopers Richey and Trooper Jason Whitman responded to a
call at approximately 11:34 a.m. regarding a domestic incident in the 100 block of
Bredinsburg Road, Cranberry Twp., Venango County.
The troopers arrived at the scene at approximately 11:45
a.m. After getting out of their vehicles, Tpr. Richey was hit with a shot fired from
the residence. Additional troopers responded and Tpr. Richey was removed from the
Trooper Richey, of Franklin, PA, enlisted in the State Police on May 17, 1993.
He graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey on Nov. 10, 1993, and was
assigned to Troop F, Milton. He transferred to Troop E, Corry, on Oct. 19, 1996, and
to the Franklin station on May 17, 1997.
Among Trooper Richeys survivors are his widow,
Carrie; a son, Connor, 9; and a daughter, Catherine, 6.
Trooper Richey is the 93rd member of the department to die in
the line of duty since the establishment of the State Police in 1905. His death came
slightly more than seven months after the shooting death of Trooper Joshua D. Miller of Troop
N, Swiftwater, who was killed during the rescue of a kidnapped child on June 7, 2009, in