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Trooper David C. Yarrington | Delaware State Police, Delaware Delaware State Police, Delaware

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David C. Yarrington

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch: Thursday, January 6, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 170

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Pennsylvania

Incident Date: 1/5/1972

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Yarrington and Trooper Ronald Carey were shot and killed in Pennsylvania by the female accomplice of a suspect they were struggling with. The troopers were investigating an armed robbery when they noticed a suspicious vehicle at a nearby hotel over the state line. When they began to investigate the vehicle they became engaged in a struggle with the male suspect. During the struggle the female accomplice shot both troopers.

The two suspects fled and the male suspect was later shot and killed by Maryland State Troopers. The female suspect was returned to Pennsylvania where she was sentenced to death. Her sentence was later commuted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to life in prison.

Trooper Yarrington had served with the agency for just under 3 years.

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Trooper Ronald L. Carey
Delaware State Police, Delaware
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 5, 1972
Cause: Gunfire

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Dave you will never be forgotten. You are the reason I and many others became Delaware State Troopers. I will never forget your funeral procession on Dupont Rd. I was not on the job then but made up my mind then and there to be a police officer. Thank You for your sacrifice from one Elsmere brother to another.

Sgt Robert J. Durnan (ret.)
Delaware Stae Police
July 6, 2016

 

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