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Trooper Joseph John Welsch | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Trooper

Joseph John Welsch

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 13, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 4 years, 7 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo
September 14, 2017

 

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