On Friday morning, May 25, 2012 at 8:22 am, the City of Bethlehem Police Department 911 Center received multiple calls about a male with a machete in the area of Trone Street in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County.
As Bethlehem Patrol units responded, additional calls to the 911 Center indicated that an assault occurred involving the male with the machete and a resident at 2 Trone Street.
The resident at that address suffered neck wounds. Additional information was received that the male with the machete was also armed with a loaded rifle.
Bethlehem Police units and EMS arrived in the area. Officers observed the male who had the machete carrying a rifle. The male fled thru several yards and side streets.
During the encounter, the male placed the rifle to his head. At the intersection of E. Fourth Street and Hayes Street, the suspect was stopped by Police.
Officers repeatedly requested him to put down the loaded rifle. The male discharged the rifle while it was pointed at his head.
The male was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital by City Paramedics and is listed in critical condition.
The male resident of 2 Trone St was also taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital by City Paramedics. He underwent surgery and is listed in serious condition.
A City Police Officer was injured during the incident, but not by the suspect. He was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital where he was treated and released.
The investigation is currently ongoing by Bethlehem Detectives, therefore no further information will be released at this time.
Det. Lt. Mark DiLuzio
Bethlehem Police Department
Criminal Investigation Division