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Coroner IDs man killed in Allentown police-involved shooting

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An armed robbery in Whitehall Township ended with a police chase and gun fire in Allentown early Sunday morning.

Allentown police shot and killed the suspect after he crashed into police cars and pointed a gun at officers, officials said.

On Sunday night, the coroner identified the man who was shot and killed as 43-year-old Joseph Hodgin of Coplay. The coroner says the manner of death is pending investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday..

According to Allentown police, the suspect, Hodgin, robbed the Whitehall Pharmacy in the 4000 block of Main Street and shot a clerk working there around 8 a.m.

The suspect then fled the scene toward Allentown in a white pickup truck.

Allentown police spotted the truck at 10th and Chew streets and tried to stop it. The chase ended at 19th and Green streets when the truck crashed into two Allentown police cars.

The suspect pointed his gun at police when they tried to arrest him, and police opened fire, hitting the suspect, said Allentown Police Chief Glen Dorney.

Crews at the scene said the truck had dozens of bullet holes in it.

"I was in the backyard helping a friend with some landscaping and I just heard 'pop pop pop,'" said neighbor Carlos Santiago. "It was continuous gun shots."

Police said Hodgin died at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

At last check, the clerk was in serious condition awaiting surgery, officials said.

Reports said one Allentown officer suffered minor injuries from crashing his car.


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