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Allentown man charged after hitting neighbor with car, police say

A man shot at his neighbor after the neighbor hit him with his car during an argument Wednesday morning in the city, Allentown police said.While the gunman isn’t being charged since a video of the incident corroborates his self-defense story, the car’s driver, Carlos Diaz-Miranda, 32, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, Allentown Assistant Police Chief Gail Struss said. Diaz-Miranda was arraigned before a district judge Wednesday night and placed in county jail under $100,000 bail.Police aren’t releasing the identity of the man who fired the gun in the incident, which happened shortly before 11:55 a.m. in the 1400 block of Newton Street, Struss said.Diaz-Miranda parked his car, blocking the victim’s garage, Struss said.Holding a small child, the man confronted Diaz-Miranda, who became aggressive, police said. Feeling increasingly threatened, the man drew his gun while still holding the child, at which point Diaz-Miranda moved his car, Struss said.The man then went back into his home, where he left the child, and came back outside. Diaz-Miranda then drove his car at the man, hitting him, Struss said.Diaz-Miranda exited the car and started walking aggressively toward the man, who shot at him. None of the shots hit Diaz-Miranda as he fled on foot, Struss said.A 911 call was placed, after which the man who was hit by the car was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Struss didn’t know if the man had been released from the hospital as of 9 p.m.Diaz-Miranda returned to the scene and was arrested by police around 2:30 p.m., Struss said. Morning Call reporter Andrew Scott can be reached at 610-820-6508 or ascott@mcall.com.
Source: Morningcall

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