40 year old Pennsylvania State Trooper Paul Richey, who was fatally shot Wednesday, was buried yesterday following a funeral at Franklin High School in Venango County. One thousand people, family, friends and law enforcement from all over, crowded into the school auditorium for the service. Another thousand viewed a closed circuit TV feed of the funeral in the gym.
Colleagues said the 16 year veteran loved his job and volunteered for the call that ended in his death. Authorities say Trooper Richey was ambushed and killed while responding to a domestic dispute.. Police say 44 year old Michael Smith shot Richey as he approached Smith's house in Cranberry, Venango County. Smith then apparently killed his wife Nancy Frey-Smith and then turned the gun on himself.