- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The son of an eastern Pennsylvania police chief is going on trial on charges that he pointed a gun at county detectives.

The Morning Call reports (https://bit.ly/1cfN4Qv ) that the trial of 22-year-old Christopher Fitzgerald, 22, son of Allentown police chief Joel Fitzgerald, is set to begin Tuesday. He is charged with simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors say he aimed a loaded gun at two undercover detectives following an alleged road-rage incident Aug. 29 that began in Allentown and ended with a tense standoff in nearby Whitehall Township.

Defense attorney Jack McMahon says he never pointed the gun at detectives and was holding it out of fear for his family’s safety. His girlfriend and 1-year-old son were in the car. He says Fitzgerald did not know the men were police.

Fitzgerald had a permit to carry the weapon.

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Information from: The Morning Call, https://www.mcall.com

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