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Investigation ongoing into Whitehall shooting

Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin said an investigation into a shooting involving two state constables who were attempting to serve more than 20 warrants in Whitehall Township July 17 is ongoing.

Martin said Whitehall Township police were dispatched to 3449 Portland Drive in Whitehall Township at 7:27 a.m. after receiving a report of a shooting.

Police determined that Kevin Christopher McCullers, 38, of that address had sustained a single gunshot wound. He was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he is undergoing treatment.

Martin said that two state constables had gone to the address to serve warrants for multiple summary parking offenses.

McCullers was behind the wheel of a 2003 Acura motor vehicle, within the garage of the residence, and with the garage door open, when the constables first encountered him.

One constable entered the garage and asked McCullers to turn off the ignition and he did. A brief conversation ensued. The constable opened the driver side door.

By this time, the other constable had entered the garage and was in close proximity to both the vehicle and his colleague. McCullers then turned on the ignition and began backing out of the garage with the driver's door still open and with both constables between it and the side of both the vehicle and the wall of the garage.

At this point, both constables unholstered their weapons, and one fired at the driver, striking him in the back, and the other fired at the vehicle, hitting the left front tire.

The shooting is being investigated by Whitehall Township detectives, county detectives and Pennsylvania State Police.

Martin said interviews are being conducted and that a decision will be made when the investigation is complete about whether any criminal charges are warranted and whether the use of deadly force was justified.

At this time, neither constable is being identified.