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UPDATE: Allentown police accuse 25-year-old of leading chase that led to officer’s collapse

Allentown Police Department
Donna S. Fisher
For LehighValleyNews.com
An Allentown police officer suffered a medical episode on Monday but is expected to recover, the department said.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — An Allentown police officer is on the mend after suffering a medical episode on Monday while on duty, a release from the department said.

Officers responded to a call in the 600 block of North Ninth Street for a wanted person around 12:46 p.m. The incident occurred as the officer tried to apprehend the person, according to the release.

Emergency aid was immediately rendered on scene and the officer was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

“The officer is expected to survive. We ask the community to keep the officer in their thoughts and prayers,” the release said.

On Facebook, Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk also expressed concern for the officer and said he was grateful for the quick response of other officers and Allentown EMS.

“I checked in on [the officer] tonight at the hospital and I'm relieved to report that the officer is in good spirits, surrounded by his wife and family, and is expected to recover.

"Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers," Tuerk wrote late Monday.

Charges filed

Police did not name the officer, though later named the person sought as Kaivon Malik Fauntleroy, 25, of Allentown.

According to court records, Fauntleroy was observed by police and fled through a house and onto a roof. He then proceeded to run roof-to-roof of connected row homes on the 600 block.

Once taken into custody, Fauntleroy was charged with: persons not to possess, use or manufacture or sell firearms.

According to court records, those charges were filed May 15.

Fauntleroy also is facing additional charges of evading arrest and flight to avoid apprehension related to Monday's incident.

He was unable to post bail and committed to Lehigh County Jail.

A preliminary arraignment is scheduled for June 17 in the court of Magisterial District Judge Jacob E. Hammond.

An affidavit of probable cause states that "due to [Fauntleroy's] actions, "an APD officer suffered a head injury and other health related injuries."

The affidavit states that officers were in plainclothes and an unmarked patrol unit when they observed Fauntleroy sitting on a porch.

Officers attempted to take Fauntleroy into custody but he ran into a residence. After a perimeter search was conducted, he was located hiding on a roof under a tree branch, the affidavit said.