- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The mother of a slain state trooper has sued the former Pennsylvania State Police firearms instructor who accidentally shot her son last year.

The (Allentown) Morning Call (https://bit.ly/1LNCBqh ) reported Tuesday that Joan Kedra filed the federal lawsuit in Philadelphia on Friday against Richard Schroeter.

Schroeter was sentenced last month to two weeks in jail, followed by three to 18 months of house arrest and other penalties after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment in the death of 26-year-old Trooper David Kedra.

Prosecutors say Schroeter failed to ensure his weapon was unloaded and didn’t keep it pointed away from Kedra who was with four other troopers in Schroeter’s firearms class on Sept. 30.

Schroeter’s criminal defense attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. Federal court records don’t list an attorney for Schroeter in the lawsuit.

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