District Attorney rules trooper-involved shooting justified

On March 28, on the parking lot of the Walmart located along Mill Creek Road in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, Trooper Brian Bird of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, Fogelsville Station, discharged his service weapon nine times and mortally wounded Aaron Ibrahem, age 26, of Mertztown, Berks County, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trooper Bird fired upon Ibrahem only after Ibrahem had pointed and attempted to fire a semi-automatic pistol at the Trooper during a foot pursuit where Ibrahem was fleeing and had failed to comply with many lawful commands to stop.

District Attorney Martin has ruled that Trooper Bird’s use of deadly force was justified.