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The suspect has been identified as Michael Smith.  State police confirm the suspect and his wife, Nancy, were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

The shooting reportedly began when officers were called to Smith's home to check on his wife who had not shown up for work at an auto dealership for two days.

According to the report from state police, Trooper Richey and Trooper Jason Whitman were called to the home for a domestic incident just after 11:30 a.m.

The police report goes on to say that Trooper Richey was hit by a bullet fired from inside the home after he got out of his vehicle.

Dozens of state police cruisers were then called to the heavily wooded area where the shooting happened.

Smith has faced charges before today's incident. In 1997, he faced eight criminal counts including stalking and reckless endangerment. He was put on probation and his guns were confiscated.

But in 1999, Smith filed for and was granted early release from probation. His hunting firearms were returned to him in 2000.

"Very nice guy in the community; he was a very avid fisherman. He was a nice guy, like I said, but when he was drinking he wasn't a nice guy," one of Smith's close friend's told KDKA's Marty Griffin. "There was a situation back in '94 and '95 where he had a rifle out down at Crivelli's, where his wife worked at, and I'm surprised he didn't get shot then because I worked down there for 10 years. But somehow that was resolved and everything. And he quit drinking, and him and Nancy got back together, and they had a fine relationship for 15 years. I don't know if he started drinking again or what came up."

In a statement, Gov. Ed Rendell offered his condolences to the victim's family.

"A 16-year veteran of the force, Trooper Richey was struck down while carrying out his sworn duty to protect our citizens. This is a tragedy for the Pennsylvania State Police and the commonwealth. Midge and I join with Pennsylvania's citizens in extending our deepest sympathies to Trooper Richey's wife, Carrie, and their two children. The trooper's sacrifice will never be forgotten."

Rendell has also ordered that flags across the state be lowered to fly at half-staff in honor of Trooper Richey.

He is survived by a wife and two young children -- a nine-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter. He is the 93rd member of the department to die in the line of duty.

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