- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

HOKENDAUQUA, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania constable has been ordered to stand trial on charges he shot and partially paralyzed a man wanted for unpaid parking tickets.

The Allentown Morning Call reports (https://bit.ly/1VOEw8O) Howard Altemos’ lawyers agreed Monday to skip a preliminary hearing in exchange for grand jury transcripts.

The 57-year-old Altemos is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in the July 2014 shooting in Whitehall Township.

Kevin McCullers sustained a single gunshot wound and was paralyzed from the waist down.

Prosecutors say Altemos shot McCullers while attempting to arrest him for failing to appear in court for traffic violations.

Altemos said he fired as McCullers backed his car away after using it to pin him and another constable against a garage wall.

A grand jury found Altemos shot McCullers after any danger passed.


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

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