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Police Corporal Who Killed Trooper in Training is Charged

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Feb 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-10 15:21:00-05

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania State Police corporal has been charged with reckless endangerment in a firearms training accident that claimed the life of a state trooper.

Authorities say Cpl. Richard Schroeter pulled the trigger on his firearm while discussing the trigger mechanism during a Sept. 30 training session. The weapon discharged, killing 26-year-old Trooper David Kedra.

Prosecutors in Montgomery County say grand jurors were asked to consider charges of homicide, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

The prosecutors announced Tuesday that the panel found sufficient evidence that Schroeter put those present in harm's way by not following safety precautions. The 43-year-old is charged with five counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Schroeter's attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.