Norristown, Pennsylvania - Tuesday, a state police corporal was arrested for tragically shooting and killing another officer during a firearms demonstration.
Cpl. Richard Schroeter was arrested on reckless endangerment charges, relating to a September 30th incident where he shot and killed 26-year-old police officer David Kedra.
Prosecutors requested a grand jury to press multiple charges, including homicide, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. However, on January 7th, the grand jury decided to charge Schroeter with reckless endangerment, but not involuntary manslaughter or homicide which would carry a steeper sentence.
Schroeter faces up to ten years in prison if convicted, but the judge will have the ability to give him a lenient sentence.
"Schroeter breached routine, yet critical, safety protocol by failing to visually and physically check to ensure his weapon was unloaded, failing to obtain confirmation from another that his firearm was not loaded, and failing to point his weapon away from the direction of everyone present (including Trooper Kedra)," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a statement.
"There's nothing we can do to bring David Kedra back. There's nothing we can do to make that family whole. It was horribly negligent, and there must be criminal responsibility," Ferman added.
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On Tuesday, Schroeter turned himself in and was quickly arraigned and released on $50,000 bail.
Police are treated as though they should be the only ones to have guns, and tragically they often prove that notion wrong.
This week, a cop "accidentally" shot a 14-year-old boy while he played on a balcony.
Only three months ago, a cop in Iowa, accidentally shot himself and another officer while cleaning his gun.
Also in November, was the case of the cop who shot a 7-year-old girl on her way to tour the police headquarters.
In June of last year, a cop accidentally shot and killed his pregnant wife and faced not one charge for it.
And, of course, there is the now infamous DEA agent who shot himself in the foot while telling high school students how dangerous guns were and that only cops should have them.
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