“Trooper David Kedra was shot in the chest during a training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex on the 1100 block of Conshohocken Road around 4:45 p.m.”, 6abc.com reports. “Sources say he was in a classroom for a demonstration of how to break down and clean his service weapon. They say an experienced state police firearms instructor was handling a gun that somehow misfired. The bullet hit trooper Kedra in the chest.” “He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. Bull . . .
Kedra died needlessly at the hands of a firearms instructor who had no business teaching anyone anything. “Somehow misfired” = “discharged a bullet when the trigger was pulled” TTAG tipster DG points out. “We know 100 percent that the instructor muzzled a student, and that he pointed a gun at a student and pulled the trigger.” A [sugar-coated] fact that somehow didn’t make it onto the evening news.
I feel sorry for all concerned, but who hired this “experienced firearms instructor”? Promoted him? Failed to monitor him? And what are the odds the instructor will face homicide charges? Or lose his job? When it comes to police training firearms “accidents” (i.e. negligent discharges) it’s what happens next that determines whether or not that injury or death was in vain.
These guys don’t deserve an IGOTD trophy. Even though they do.