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Man fatally shot outside Walmart linked to chaotic car chase

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - The man who was killed by a Pennsylvania State Police trooper outside a Walmart store in Lehigh County has been identified as 26-year-old Aaron Ibrahem from Berks County.

Ibrahem had been in trouble with the law several times before, but it was an incident in 2014 that many people will remember.

Thefts, traffic violations, and a car chase that ended in a ball of flames are just a few of the things that landed Ibrahem in court in the past.

But the Mertztown man's string of crimes came to an end Wednesday night, when state police shot and killed Ibrahem in the parking lot of the Walmart in Lower Macungie Township.

He was only just identified to the public, but authorities in Northampton County knew him well. In 2014, Ibrahem led police on a dramatic car chase in Hanover Township.

When police pulled him over for not having a license or registration, Ibrahem took off, speeding through neighborhoods, running stop signs, plowing into a parked car and continuing to drive with three flat tires, until finally, the car stopped and burst into flames.

Even then, he didn't stop. Ibrahem reportedly told officers he would shoot them if they used Tasers on him. He was eventually arrested and put behind bars.

But four years later, he was back in a car in a Walmart parking lot. This time, they said Ibrahem made good on his promise to shoot, and fired a shot at the state trooper, who returned fire -- killing him.

Ibrahem originally faced a dozen charges for that 2014 car chase, but most of the charges were later withdrawn, and he pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Authorities said the cart he attempted to steal Wednesday night was filled with gas cans. We're still waiting to hear from state police on whether they know what he planned to do with those.

It's still an open investigation, but Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said it appears the trooper was justified in the shooting.


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