March 25, 2023

Man wanted for attempted murder arrested after shootout in Slatington

Photograph published by Bethlehem Township Police to Facebook

A Slatington man wanted for attempted murder was captured after a shootout with police this morning in Slatington. The suspect, Adam Michael Zaborowski, 35, was injured in the shootout and taken to a hospital where his condition is unknown, according to the Slatington Police Department.

Friday, shortly after 11 a.m., Zaborowski entered Cigars International Superstore, located at 4078 Nazareth Pike (Route 191) in Bethlehem Township, less than two miles from Northampton Community College. Zaborowski was not wearing a protective mask, in defiance of the store’s policy and the current statewide coronavirus prevention mandate.

An employee asked Zaborowski to leave the store if he refused to wear a mask while inside. Zaborowski then grabbed two cigars from a shelf and left the building without paying, according to the statement issued by Bethlehem Township Police.

The employee followed Zaborowski out of the store to the parking lot. That is when Zaborowski turned around wielding a semiautomatic handgun, which he fired into the air and then at the employee, the report said. A patron of the store was also in the line of fire. No injuries were reported.

Zaborowski fled from the scene in a pick-up truck.

“Zaborowski was identified by investigators and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, robbery and reckless endangerment. Due to prior offenses, he was also charged with persons prohibited to possess a firearm,” Bethlehem Township Police stated.

Cigars International Superstore confirmed that no one was hurt and that the store remained open for business after the shooting, in a Facebook post.

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