SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS/AP) – Authorities have released the name of a New Jersey man who died after he was shot by a police officer near Dorney Park over the weekend.READ MORE: 'A Game Changer': CDC Recommends Johnson & Johnson's 1-Dose COVID Vaccine, Paving Way For Distribution To Begin
The Lehigh County coroner’s office on Monday identified the man as 44-year-old Joseph Santos of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday.
The incident happened on the 3700 block of Hamilton Boulevard just before 6 p.m. Saturday.READ MORE: Irv Cross, Former Eagles Star DB And Pioneer Black Analyst, Dies At 81
Authorities say a South Whitehall Township Police officer shot and killed Santos after responding to reports that he was standing in traffic and damaging vehicles.
Officials say Santos allegedly ripped out a car window, but would not comment on whether he had a weapon.
The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave, which the police chief says is standard practice during such investigations.MORE NEWS: COVID In Philadelphia: City Easing More Restrictions Monday On Road To Recovery
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