- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A defense attorney says an eastern Pennsylvania police chief’s son accused of pointing a gun at county detectives will to take the stand during his trial.

Attorney Jack McMahon said Wednesday that 23-year-old Christopher Fitzgerald is a “man of character” and will take the stand.

Fitzgerald, the son of Allentown Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, faces simple assault and reckless endangerment charges. Prosecutors say he pulled a gun on undercover detectives following an August road-rage incident.

McMahon says Fitzgerald showed the gun to the detectives because he feared for his girlfriend and 1-year-old son in the car. He says the actions weren’t criminal.

First Assistant District Attorney Steven Luska says Fitzgerald misjudged the situation, but committed a crime by threatening them.

Fitzgerald had a permit to carry the weapon.


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