Police Officer Richard J. Posey

Police Officer Richard J. Posey

Kennett Square 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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I was a 15 year old Township Resident on that fateful day in 1972. I didn't know Officer Posey or Davis by name. I had seen them on my walks to Kennett to deposit my $12.75 from mowing our 4 acres of grass at the National Bank with a stop at Newberry's or the Kennett Kandy Kitchen.
I recall the shock and sadness of the assassination, no different that President Kennedy's 8 years before in my mind. I recall riding my bike to one or both Officer's Memorials driven by sheer civic mindedness.
I believe the Officers do not Rest. I believe they keep watch by being that sixth sense of law enforcement to draw a gun.. or a smile as the situation warrants.

William M. Kaiser, Township Resident

January 27, 2020

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