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.

After patroling the town, the officers went back to the station around 2:00 a.m. When Officer Davis exited the patrol car, he was shot. Officer Posey ran around the vehicle to see what happened, he was also shot. Both officers were shot in the back. They were found around 3:00 am.

A 28-year-old man was arrested at his home 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

ambush, convicted felon, police facility, retaliation

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Officer Posey,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kennett Square Borough. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 15, 2022

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