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Allentown police investigating whether stabbing death justified

37-year-old Chanelle M. Allen died Tuesday

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Investigators in Lehigh County are working to determine whether a fatal stabbing Tuesday night in Allentown was justified.

Allentown police and paramedics responded to 1325 W. Gordon St. shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday for a reported stabbing, according to a news release from police Chief Glen Dorney.

When authorities arrived, they found a 37-year-old woman who sustained a stab wound. Officers also found a 65-year-old Allentown man who was identified as the person who stabbed the woman.

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office has identified the woman as Chanelle M. Allen. She was pronounced dead at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest shortly before 11 p.m., according to the coroner's office.

The cause of death is attributed to a stab wound and her death has been ruled a homicide. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Authorities are investigating whether the stabbing was justified, according to Dorney.

Police were assisted by the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office, the Lehigh County Homicide Task Force and the county coroner’s office.

Dorney said the investigation is ongoing and asks that anyone who may have information about the incident contact the Allentown Police Detective Bureau at 610-437-7721.

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