Police Officer Richard J. Posey

Police Officer Richard J. Posey

Kennett Square Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, November 15, 1972

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Richard J. Posey

Officers Richard Posey and William Davis were shot and killed after being ambushed in the police department's parking lot.

Both officers were shot in the back. A 28 year-old man was arrested at his home the next day and charged with their murders. The victim officers had charged him with driving with a revoked license two months earlier.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life terms on March 25, 1974.

Officer Posey had served with the Kennett Square Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .308 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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To Officer Posey and his family, on this 48th anniversary of your untimely departure, please know yours and Officer Davis’s service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

November 15, 2020

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