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Trial slated for Allentown cop charged with attempted homicide in Easton

Northampton County Courthouse, Easton, Pa.,
Donna S. Fisher
For LehighValleyNews.com
Trial is set to start July 30 in Northampton County court for Ismael Segarra, an Allentown cop accused of trying to kill his wife last year in Easton.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — An Allentown police officer accused of trying to kill his wife last year is set to stand trial this month, according to court records.

Ismael Andre Segarra Jr., 38, of Easton, was charged in June 2023 with attempted homicide, multiple counts of aggravated assault and a slew of misdemeanors after police alleged he pointed a shotgun at his wife and pulled the trigger.

Segarra was formally arraigned in January and released from jail in February after posting 20% of his $750,000 bail, court records show.

His trial initially was scheduled for early June, but it’s now slated to start July 30.

“None of us will be here when the police come. You’re all going to die.”
Ismael Andre Segarra Jr., according to charging documents

Segarra aimed a loaded 12-gauge shotgun at his wife and tried to shoot her June 27, 2023, but the weapon jammed, according to charging documents filed against him.

Easton police said officers were called at 1:21 p.m. that day to a business on North 13th Street.

Segarra’s wife said he was driving near there, searching for her after threatening to kill her and her three children, court documents state.

She said she and Segarra were arguing about a potential divorce before he made those threats, according to police.

“None of us will be here when the police come. You’re all going to die,” Segarra told his wife, according to charging documents.

Removed from active duty

Police allege Segarra barricaded his wife in several rooms in their Chidsey Street home before grabbing a shotgun from the basement.

He then pointed the gun at one of his kids and ordered his wife to the attic, warning “someone’s head is about to get blown off,” charging documents state.

Segarra cocked the shotgun and pointed it at his wife, who heard the shotgun "click” before Segarra said the weapon jammed.

Ismael Segarra was “immediately removed from active duty" as an Allentown police officer.
Allentown Police Chief Charles Roca

Segarra’s wife ran out of the home while he was trying to “fix” the shotgun and found a phone to call police, according to court records.

Police said they found a loaded shotgun inside the home.

Segarra was “immediately removed from active duty,” Allentown Police Chief Charles Roca said in June 2023. Segarra’s status was not immediately available Friday.

Roca said last year the results of an internal investigation by APD’s Office of Professional Standards into Segarra “will remain confidential."

Segarra joined Allentown Police Department in 2012. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and was in the Marine Corps Reserves when he joined the police force.