ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Allentown police report that an assault victim fired one shot after his aggressor allegedly held a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.
Edward J. Rosario-Jimenez now faces endangerment and assault charges in connection with the Sept. 14 incident along Fullerton Avenue. District Judge Michael D’Amore arraigned the 22-year-old Thursday morning, setting bail at $50,000.
Allentown police responded to the 1000 block of Fullerton Avenue shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sept. 14 to investigate a reported shooting. When police arrived, the victim handed officers a spent 9mm shell casing and the Taurus G2C 9mm handgun used to fire it along with a valid concealed weapon carry permit, according to court records.
The victim told police that he was coming home from work when he was approached by a group of men and was told that Rosario-Jimenez “wanted to fight him fair,” according to records. After agreeing to fight Rosario-Jimenez, the victim said he was surrounded and that a revolver was being pointed at his head.
He alleges that Rosario-Jimenez pointed the gun and pulled the trigger, telling police that he heard the “dry-fire click” of the revolver. That’s when he pulled his weapon and fired one shot at Rosario-Jimenez, who ran away, according to police.
Court records do not indicate how Rosario-Jimenez and victim know each other.
Police said a witness reported being in the car with the victim and recounted what happened the night of the shooting. The witness identified Rosario-Jimenez as the man who pointed a gun at the victim’s head and pulled the trigger. Investigators said they also found security camera footage that was consistent with the details provided by the victim and witness.
Authorities charged Rosario-Jimenez, of Allen Street in Allentown, with single misdemeanor counts of simple assault, reckless endangerment and terroristic threats. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 20.