The state police trooper who was killed Tuesday after an apparent gun range accident was a Northeast Philadelphia native and a Temple University graduate.
Trooper David Kedra, 26, was shot around 4:45 p.m. while participating in an annual training event.
Kedra was airlifted to Temple University Hospital where he died.
State police said at a press conference today that Kedra was hit by a bullet misfired from a weapon that a firearms training instructor was demonstrating how to break down and clean, according to ABC.
"He wanted to see everything, be a part of everything, he wanted to learn everything," said Trooper Derik Frymire during a press conference in Montgomery County. "Those kinds of qualities make an outstanding state trooper."
The state police and Montgomery County D.A.'s office are reportedly investigating the shooting.
“Trooper Kedra was fatally wounded today after being shot in the chest during a training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in Conshohocken, PA," said state police commissioner Frank Noonan in a statement on Tuesday. "He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police mourn his loss and extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends."
Kedra had recently bought a home in Pottstown with his girlfriend, police said. He graduated Temple University in 2010 with a degree from the Department of Criminal Justice, the university confirmed.
He joined the state police in June 2012, was assigned to Troop K at the Skippack station.
Gov. Tom Corbett ordered all state flags in Harrisburg and Montgomery County to half-mast today to honor Kedra.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
His death follows that of Trooper Bryon Dickson, who was allegedly shot to death by Eric Frein on Sept. 12.
Frein is still at large and the subject of a massive manhunt in the Poconos.