New details released about shot fired by officer outside Kohl's
Updated On: May 07 2014 09:30:09 PM CDT
A police officer fired a shot at a suspect lunging at him during a recent confrontation outside a Kohl's department store in Lehigh County.
The arrested suspect, Brian Patrick Chapman, 33, of Pottsville, was not hit.
Chapman is accused of fleeing from police in a stolen 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.
The chase began in Emmaus on the afternoon of April 26, just a few minutes after the white pickup was reported stolen in Allentown.
An Emmaus police officer observed the Silverado going north on North Second Street at a high rate of speed.
The driver went across heavily-traveled Harrison Street without stopping, ignoring the stop sign on Second.
The Emmaus police officer activated his car's lights and siren and pursued the pickup truck into Lower Macungie Township, first on Cedar Crest Boulevard then on Lower Macungie Road.
State police joined the pursuit.
At times the fleeing truck crossed into the oncoming lanes of traffic, striking "numerous" other vehicles.
An Upper Macungie police officer who was monitoring the pursuit deployed spike strips across Lower Macungie Road to stop the truck before it reached the busy intersection with Hamilton Boulevard.
In an apparent attempt to avoid the spike strips, the defendant crossed into the oncoming lane of Lower Macungie Road, went over the curb at the Kohl's parking lot and hit a tree.
Chapman fled the disabled truck on foot and headed directly toward the department store, which is at 6900 Hamilton Blvd.
The police officers began pursuing him on foot. They said Chapman ignored orders to stop.
The suspect headed into the store's parking lot and ducked down between parked cars.
Not knowing if they man they were chasing was armed, the pursuing state police officers drew their weapons.
Police report Chapman lunged at State Police Trooper Justin Summa when they were "within arms reach of each other."
Summa fired the shot because he was in fear of serious bodily injury, according to the police criminal complaint.
Due to the immediate threat that Chapman posed to him, the trooper fired his weapon.
Even after the shot was fired, Chapman resisted arrest as police attempted to handcuff him. Summa grabbed him and forced him to the ground. But he ultimately was taken into custody.
The unarmed suspect apparently suffered only minor abrasions from the collision between the stolen truck and the tree.
On Wednesday, Chapman was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. His last known address was in Pottsville.
He is in Lehigh County Prison.
Bail was set at $150,000.
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