- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors say police officers in eastern Pennsylvania were justified in shooting and killing a man who attacked a woman, led them on a car chase and then pushed an officer into a snowbank and began stabbing him.

Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin said Tuesday that it was “unfortunate” that 42-year-old Jerome Nichols was killed but he “brought about his own demise.”

Police said Nichols barged into a Whitehall Township home early on Feb. 23 and stabbed a woman, then fled, crashed in Allentown and tried to escape on foot.

Authorities say a state trooper and a Catasaqua officer fired after Nichols stabbed another Catasaqua officer several times.

Martin said he could have ended the situation by surrendering but chose to flee and assault the officer with a deadly weapon.

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