- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania grand jury says a constable acted recklessly and without justification when he shot a parking ticket scofflaw, paralyzing him from the waist down.

Howard Altemos was charged Thursday with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. The 57-year-old is free on $75,000 unsecured bail pending a Sept. 25 preliminary hearing.

No one answered a phone number listed for Altemos. Online court records did not list a lawyer to comment on the charges.

Prosecutors say Altemos shot 40-year-old Kevin Christopher McCullers once in the shoulder while he and another constable were serving parking warrants in Whitehall Township in July 2014.

Altemos said he was pinned against a garage wall by McCullers’ car, but the grand jury found McCullers was trying to flee and the constables were not in any danger.

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