DA: Pa. constable shot scofflaw while serving traffic-ticket warrants

A 38-year-old man was shot Thursday morning in Whitehall Township as two state constables attempted to serve him with more than 20 warrants for summary traffic offenses.

It happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. at a home on the 3400 block of Portland Drive, according to a news release from the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.

There, the constables encountered Kevin Christopher McCullers, who was behind the wheel of a 2003 Acura inside the home’s garage, officials said.

At first, McCullers complied with the constables’ orders to turn off the car's ignition, according to investigators.

But, when one of the constables opened the driver’s side door, McCullers allegedly turned the ignition back on and began backing out, causing the constables to become caught between the open car door, the side of the vehicle and the garage wall.

Officials said the constables, who have not been identified, unholstered their weapons and fired. One shot struck McCullers in the back, while the second hit the vehicle’s left front tire.

McCullers was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, where he remained hospitalized Thursday evening.

McCullers has at least 19 unresolved traffic citations in Lehigh and Northampton counties, most of them for allegedly driving an unregistered vehicle, driving a vehicle without a valid inspection or driving with a suspended or revoked license, court records indicate.

He has been convicted of at least six additional traffic offenses over the past two years but still owes court fees totaling more than $1,000 in connection with those cases, court records state.

Township and county detectives and the Pennsylvania State Police are continuing to investigate the shooting.

Officials will make a decision about whether the use of force was justified and whether any criminal charges are warranted after the probe is concluded, the District Attorney’s Office said.

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