Two police officers opened fire during a deadly early morning chase in the Lehigh Valley.
The Express-Times reports a witness heard 8 to 10 shots after Richie Scheuermann slammed his pickup truck into a pole in Easton around 1:20 a.m. Friday.
“I heard the cops say, ‘get out of the truck, get on the ground,’” said Matt Daiello who woke up from the noise of the crash.
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State Police Lt. Joseph Sokolofski said it was unclear if the gunshots killed the man. Scheuermann also had a self-inflicted neck wound, according to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.
Investigators recovered a knife from the scene, Morganelli said.
Morganelli said he will determine whether it was a justifiable homicide and that it could take several weeks to complete an extensive investigation.
The shooting at 13th and Spring Garden streets ended a pursuit that began about 20 minutes earlier in a nearby community.
Police followed the 39-year-old Scheuermann through Palmer, Wilson and Bethlehem Township and reported him driving erratically. At one point he almost hit a pedestrian, according to authorities.
Morganelli also said that Scheuermann tried to ram officers with his pickup.
“I heard a couple shootings … I ran upstairs to make sure everyone was OK,” said Daiello.
No one else was injured.
Crews spent hours fixing the utility pole damaged during the chase.