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Coroner IDs machete-wielding man shot by police as Saturnino Perez De La Rosa

Coroner IDs machete-wielding man shot by police

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The coroner has identified a machete-wielding man who was shot and killed by police in Allentown on Thursday.

An autopsy Friday determined that Saturnino Perez De La Rosa died of gunshot wounds to his body, said the coroner, whose ruling on the manner of death is pending further investigation.

Perez De La Rosa, 44, of Turner Street in Allentown, was wielding the machete when he was approached by officers in the area of Howard and Oak streets, officials said.

Officers initially deployed a pair of Tasers, but they weren't enough to stop Perez De La Rosa, so they were forced to open fire, investigators said.

De La Rosa later died at a nearby hospital.

Police and the district attorney are continuing their investigation, but Jim Martin, the district attorney, said the shooting appears to be justified. In the meantime, the two officers who deployed their Tasers and the two who fired their guns remain on administrative leave.


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