Man dies after being shot during struggle after police chase

December 19, 2018

LEHIGHTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man died after he was shot during a struggle with a police officer following a 17-mile chase in eastern Pennsylvania.

State police in Carbon County say Beaver Meadows police tried to stop a white van on Route 93 Tuesday, and pursuit by municipal officers continued onto Route 209, reaching speeds of 80 mph. An officer deployed spike strips, and the vehicle stopped in Franklin Township but the occupants refused to get out.

State police said multiple officers approached and a struggle ensued between one officer and a man. Police said the trooper’s service weapon discharged, hitting the man, who was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown. The Lehigh County coroner’s office identified him as 27-year-old Danny Washington of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. State police are investigating.

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