Trooper Ronald L. Carey

Trooper Ronald L. Carey

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch Wednesday, January 5, 1972

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Ronald L. Carey

Trooper Ronald Carey and Trooper David Yarrington were shot and killed in Pennsylvania by the female accomplice of a suspect they were struggling with.

The troopers were investigating an armed robbery at a motel on U.S. Route 202 when they noticed the suspect's vehicle at a nearby motel just over the state line. When they began to investigate the vehicle, they became engaged in a struggle with the 30-year-old male suspect. During the struggle, his 19-year-old girlfriend shot the troopers.

The next day a Maryland State Trooper spotted the suspects and gave chase. Near Centreville, the trooper fired a shot through the back glass, the bullet lodging in the back of the man's head. After the car crashed, he took custody of the female. The female suspect told officials the troopers were beating her boyfriend to death. When she pulled a revolver from her dress, it accidentally discharged SIX times. She was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to death. Her sentence was later commuted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to life in prison.

Law Enforcement regarded the two as a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde." They lived in Canada and had committed several armed robberies all over Michigan and Ohio. The man had served a sentence in the Ohio Penitentiary for armed robbery.

Trooper Carey served with the Delaware State Police for almost three years. He and Trooper Yarrington became troopers at the same time. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 69

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Pennsylvania
  • Weapon Handgun; .36 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

convicted felon, investigation, robbery

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On this 50th anniversary of your incredibly heroic and most untimely death, we take time and remind you as well as your family that no passage of time will ever erase your memory, your service and your sacrifice. God Speed.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 5, 2022

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