Slain Indiana trooper a 'very, very good man'

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

A state trooper who had stopped to help who he believed was a stranded motorist was shot and killed Thursday along a northern Indiana highway, state police said.
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Why not

Indianapolis, IN

#26 Jul 6, 2007
I really think all officers need to wear bullet proof vests at all times. There are too many unstable people out there shooting officers only trying to help.

Since: May 07

Indianapolis, IN

#27 Jul 6, 2007
Concerned wrote:
If the persons in the vehicle had been Black or Hispanic the officer would have approached with caution, simply because of the sterotipic profile that people are given. Because he was White, the officer let his guard down and the situation was fatal.
This only proves how our society looks at things.
This is a very sad situation and my prayers go out to his family and co-workers. May he rest in peace.
Here we go with the race card!Makes me sick.
Mom of Two Officers

Van Wert, OH

#28 Jul 6, 2007
My family's deepest sympathies to Master Trooper Rich's family. Our hearts go out to you ...
2 cents

Carmel, IN

#29 Jul 6, 2007
Gun Laws wrote:
I'll bet you gun laws look pretty weak right now
You're an idiot. Shotguns are hunting weapons and have never been considered for and never will be considered for being banned.
Christine

Chicago, IL

#30 Jul 6, 2007
I feel for the families of both men. The Riches lost a loved one who was doing what he had pleged to do -- help others. The family of the shooter has also lost a loved one, but they now have to live the rest of their lives as "the family of the man who shot an IN police officer." Both families are suffering from this tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew and loved both men.
Ric

United States

#31 Jul 6, 2007
Concerned wrote:
If the persons in the vehicle had been Black or Hispanic the officer would have approached with caution, simply because of the sterotipic profile that people are given. Because he was White, the officer let his guard down and the situation was fatal.
This only proves how our society looks at things.
This is a very sad situation and my prayers go out to his family and co-workers. May he rest in peace.
Of course, someone on here had to make a racial comment. Shame on you. My heart goes out to the trooper's family and friends.
indianajt

United States

#32 Jul 6, 2007
This is a sad day....
Why do we continue to tie the hands of law enforcement. IF this officer had approached the vehicle and had the occupant out with his hands on top of the vehicle, many would have cried brutality or profiling...This has to end..
This man is a hero!!
Kathryn wrote:
This tragedy should remind us all of the risks our law enforcement personnel face daily. I am deeply grieved for this loss. My prayer for his family is they will ever be aware of God's presence and the strength that He will give as others minister to their needs.
Christine

Chicago, IL

#33 Jul 6, 2007
I do not believe Master Trooper Rich "let his guard down" just because the driver was white. My understanding is that all troopers are trained to approach ALL vehicles with caution. None of us were there, so we do not know how Master Trooper Rich approached the vehicle, but after so many years on the force, I am sure his training had him approaching with caution. Whether he exercised extreme caution or let his guard down, he could not have been prepared for what happened. He was approaching a vehicle he believed to be stranded, not one suspected to be involved in a crime. He was doing his job, and was ruthlessly shot down for reasons only the shooter will ever know.
Concerned wrote:
If the persons in the vehicle had been Black or Hispanic the officer would have approached with caution, simply because of the sterotipic profile that people are given. Because he was White, the officer let his guard down and the situation was fatal.
This only proves how our society looks at things.
This is a very sad situation and my prayers go out to his family and co-workers. May he rest in peace.
anon

Indianapolis, IN

#34 Jul 6, 2007
What???? This doesn't have anything to do with race...geez
Concerned wrote:
If the persons in the vehicle had been Black or Hispanic the officer would have approached with caution, simply because of the sterotipic profile that people are given. Because he was White, the officer let his guard down and the situation was fatal.
This only proves how our society looks at things.
This is a very sad situation and my prayers go out to his family and co-workers. May he rest in peace.

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#36 Jul 6, 2007
i'm so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family thank you for everything you've done you will be missed!
SAB

Indianapolis, IN

#38 Jul 6, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go to both families and the State Trooper community for losing one of its own.
TAL

United States

#39 Jul 6, 2007
Concerned wrote:
If the persons in the vehicle had been Black or Hispanic the officer would have approached with caution, simply because of the sterotipic profile that people are given. Because he was White, the officer let his guard down and the situation was fatal.
This only proves how our society looks at things.

This is a very sad situation and my prayers go out to his family and co-workers. May he rest in peace.
You don't know that! How do you know that the man wasn't African American or Hispanic? You are assuming that the officer stereotyped him and b/c he was possibly white he thought he would be okay. That's ridiculous! You don't know what he was thinking. I am so sick and tired of everything being about race anymore! It always ends up a race issue!

That being said, I am more upset about the fact that, once again, a wife and children will grow up without a husband and father. It's so sad! I just pray that God will give them strength to get through this very difficult time.
Kevin

United States

#41 Jul 6, 2007
God, please receive the soul of your brave and selfless servant, Master Trooper Rich, and look with kindness upon the soul of Mr. Vultaggio.

And with your Angels of Strength and Comfort, please watch over Master Trooper Rich's family and friends and fellow officers, and please watch over the family of Mr. Vultaggio as they deal with what to any reasonable human being is an incomprehensible act.

And watch over all individuals who make sacrifices every day, both great and small, to provide us with the safety and security we need to survive as one nation, under Your guidance, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. In Jesus' name, amen.
neighbor

New Palestine, IN

#42 Jul 6, 2007
I am curious as to the vehicle being reported stolen the day before this murder.
Do state authorities relay this information? If the troooper was in a vehicle equipped with a radio, would he have radioed the plate in first?
(Although that is sad when you cannot approach a car without checking.)
It is a sad day when one cannot even stop to assist a motorist, in broad daylight on a busy highway. I have stopped many times, and my friends tell me , specially as a woman, that is dangerous.
Sounds like anyone who stopped to help would have been shot.
I guess I will not offer assistance as well. Many prayers for this senseless murder.

as for those bringing up gun laws and our government, there is the chance the driver had his firearm legally.
whatever

Columbus, IN

#43 Jul 6, 2007
so sad.
the vultaco guy was too big of a pu//y to kill himself so he had to take a cop out with him.
there is a special place in hell for losers like that.
PDwife

Carmel, IN

#44 Jul 6, 2007
My prayers go out to the officer's family. I sit and cry as I read this, another senseless killing of a good officer. Since when in our society did being a police officer make you a "bad guy"? Has everything turned upside down and gone amuck?
Rich stopped to HELP someone, weather they were white,black, hispanic.....weather he was a jerk, a nice guy--whatever. He was helping someone in a time he thought they needed it, not out of convience for himself. God opened his arms and took a great man into Heaven and he will be missed by all that knew him or came in contact with him. Someone like Rich comes along once in a lifetime and his family was blessed and held an angel in their arms and now in their hearts.
I do not get it

Chicago, IL

#45 Jul 6, 2007
What is wrong with people?! Some people should be evauluated for their mental stability on a daily basis before they are let out into society. God bless and thank you to all the people who put their lives on the line for us like Master Trooper Rich did.
Brooke

Newark, OH

#46 Jul 6, 2007
neighbor wrote:
I am curious as to the vehicle being reported stolen the day before this murder.
Do state authorities relay this information? If the troooper was in a vehicle equipped with a radio, would he have radioed the plate in first?
(Although that is sad when you cannot approach a car without checking.)
It is a sad day when one cannot even stop to assist a motorist, in broad daylight on a busy highway. I have stopped many times, and my friends tell me , specially as a woman, that is dangerous.
Sounds like anyone who stopped to help would have been shot.
I guess I will not offer assistance as well. Many prayers for this senseless murder.
as for those bringing up gun laws and our government, there is the chance the driver had his firearm legally.
it sounds like he was just stopping to help this person, so he probably wouldnt have called in his plate.
NorthCop

La Porte, IN

#47 Jul 6, 2007
I am a current officer in Northern Indiana. I have seen far to many fellow officers killed senselessly in the last several years. We know the risks. Rich did too. I bet you he did NOT let his guard down, but rather did not have time to react to this nutjob's actions.
I pray for him, his wife and children, and other family members. I also pray for his fellow officers who have lost a great brother and friend.
It's sad isn't it? Too often officers are forgotten about until something tragic like this happens?

God speed Rich. "Go walk a beat on Heaven's streets - you did your time in hell." God Bless You.
Bob

Fort Wayne, IN

#48 Jul 6, 2007
This is a sad, sad, day! May the Lord bless the memory and legacy of Master Trooper David Rich and his family.

What the world needs is more people like him.

God Bless the Indiana

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