District Attorney Matt Weintraub ruled that the fatal officer-involved shooting of a knife-wielding man last month in Northampton Township was justified.
In a letter to Northampton Township Police Chief Steven LeCompte this week, Weintraub wrote that based upon his review of the evidence, “I have concluded that [the officers] were reasonable in their individual beliefs that their lives were placed in clear and present danger by Mr. Chambers at the time that each of the three fired their service weapons at him, killing him. l therefore conclude that [the officers] were justified in discharging their weapons and fatally shooting Mark Chambers.”
Mark Chambers, 40, was fatally shot on the night of Nov. 5, 2023, after a brief confrontation with police just outside his home in the 400 block of Elm Avenue in the Holland section of Northampton Township.
The officers had responded to the house on a report of a suicidal subject and, within seconds of their arrival, Chambers charged at them with a 12-inch knife, ignoring at least 18 verbal commands to drop the weapon.