DA: Shootings by police officers in Allentown justified

Pennsylvania

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor says a pair of shootings by police officers that wounded two men in Allentown in late December were justified.

In the first case, a man was shot during a six-hour standoff that began on Christmas night and during which authorities said multiple shots were fired at officers.

In the second case, a man alleged to have been carrying a replica handgun was shot by an officer responding to a Dec. 29 street fight.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said that in both cases, the officers were justified in using deadly force to protect themselves and/or other officers.

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