Delco D.A.: Chester Shooting Justified, Suspect Pointed Gun at Cops

Officers fired 100 rounds at Shalamar Longer on Monday, killing him.

Delaware County D.A. Jack Whelan said today that officers were justified Monday when they fired 100 rounds at a man who had eluded them during a police chase.

The Delaware County Daily Times reports that Shalamar Longer led officers in an early Monday chase after they tried to stop him for a burned-out license plate light. When the vehicle, a Chevy Blazer, was brought to a stop in Chester, Whelan said, Longer jumped out and pointed a loaded gun at his pursuers.

He died in the ensuing hail of bullets, fired by six officers. A cousin who accompanied him, Asmar Longer, was wounded.

Whelan said Asmar told investigators that his cousin had vowed “‘he was not going back to jail’ … under any circumstances, apparently.”

Shalamar Longer was on parole at the time of the encounter.

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