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Man Arrested After Gun Jams When He Tries to Shoot Pennsylvania Officer

November 16, 2015  | 

An Allentown, PA, man is in custody after he tried to fire a gun at a policeman Sunday morning while fleeing arrest at a convenience store, police said.

Hakeem R. Chappelle, 26, was carrying a .32-caliber pistol when he turned toward the officer and pulled the trigger. The gun jammed without firing, police Capt. Bill Reinik told the Morning Call.

"By the grace of God or whatever, the gun didn't go off," said Reinik, who said officer Stephen James showed a lot of restraint during the encounter.

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Leonard Mather @ 11/16/2015 7:04 PM

Hakeem Chappelle at age 26 decided to use a .32 caliber handgun, probably a semi, and then decided to aim at a LEO. These decisions allow the hypothesis that he is not too bright. Even his Perp friends must be Dim Wits also if they knew of his choice of weapon and said naught. But exchanging gunfire with a LEO when the Perp was using a .32 means that his cognition is in the defective range. What I would like to know is why the LEO did NOT return fire. It was called for.

plato's playdough @ 11/16/2015 7:48 PM

Mr Mather. My guess is that the Perp is a white dude. I googled the name Hakeem Chappelle. My suspicions were confirmed. None of the video reports linked to my search even mentioned race. Hakeem would seem to be a common name for white dudes. No news agencies would really want to mention that the perp was a white dude, that might be inflammatory, seeing how many white people are expressing outrage over being stereo-typed over white-on-white crime.

Yep, my money is on Hakeem being a white dude, and that is why the Officer didn't shoot the mutha where he stood.

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