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Cop loses job after shooting death
ALLENTOWN (AP) — A police officer has lost his job after being charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a man reported to have been hanging on or jumping on moving cars near an eastern Pennsylvania amusement park.
South Whitehall Township’s manager, Renee Bickel, said officials decided not to keep probationary officer Jonathan Roselle on the force following expiration of his probation period.
The Lehigh County district attorney’s office said Roselle, 33, had an “unreasonable” belief that his safety was endangered when he shot Joseph Santos on July 28.
District Attorney Jim Martin, in announcing the charges last month, said Roselle was directing traffic near Dorney Park when a “frantic” woman stopped and said someone had tried to enter her vehicle. When the officer arrived Santos climbed on the hood of his vehicle and pounded on his windshield and side windows, then walked away but wheeled around and approached, ignoring the officer’s commands to stop and get down on the ground, and the officer fired five times, he said.
Santos, 44, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, had been engaging in “somewhat bizarre” behavior and was walking toward the officer, but wasn’t running or rushing toward him, had no visible weapon and didn’t present any threatening posture, Martin said. The officer had a flexible baton, stun gun and pepper spray, he added.
Body found floating in Pennsylvania creek
WILKES-BARRE (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a person whose body was found floating in a northeastern Pennsylvania creek.
Police and emergency responders in Wilkes-Barre were called to Mill Creek in the city’s Miners Mills neighborhood just before 5 p.m. Friday.
Officials said the body was recovered about an hour later amid rainy and muddy conditions in the steep terrain.
Deputy coroner Dan Hughes said police and the Luzerne County coroner’s office are investigating.
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