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Pennsylvania fire chief arrested after pulling gun while trying to help police officer

Police says Freemansburg chief pointed gun at officer and the man being arrested

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In Pennsylvania, Freemansburg Fire Company’s chief apparently showed up uninvited when a Freemansburg police officer did a traffic stop. According to police, Chief Donald Wilcox Jr. not only turned on his lights but pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer and a driver who briefly ran from the officer. That traffic stop resulted in two arrests.


A Northampton County volunteer fire chief is facing charges after allegedly taking it upon himself to jump into a police chase and pull a gun as an officer arrested the suspect.

The Northampton County District Attorney’s Office charged Donald Wilcox Jr., of Main Street in Freemansburg, with single counts of reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license and improper use of emergency lights, following the July 11 incident in the borough.

Authorities report that a Freemansburg police officer conducted a traffic stop near Freemansburg Avenue and Washington Street about 12:30 p.m. July 11. Wilcox was driving in the area and pulled over to watch the traffic stop that was happening on Washington Street, according to the criminal complaint.

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Tony Rhodin, Lehigh Valley Live:

The person who was pulled over took off running southwest across Cambria Street and Wilcox began to follow with his emergency lights activated, court papers say. The person ran through a parking lot and across Pembroke Road onto a sidewalk on the north side of the street, court papers say.

As the officer went to place the person into custody there, Wilcox took a gun that was under the clothing covering his lower back and pointed it in the direction of the officer and the person who had fled, court papers say. The police vehicle camera as well as the officer’s body camera recorded this, court papers say.

On Aug. 3, the county detective confirmed Wilcox did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon, court papers say.

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