Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years, 7 months
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Sentenced to life
Trooper Joseph Welsch was shot and killed and a Pennsylvania State Constable was wounded when they attempted to serve a warrant on a man in Tioga County. As they approached the suspect at his home to arrest him, the suspect drew a gun and shot both officers.
The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on March 15, 1978.
Trooper Welsch had served in the Pennsylvania National Guard and had been with the Pennsylvania State Police for almost five years. He was survived by his wife.