Police shot and killed a man who had posted an online video threatening to kill police and FBI agents after he tried to use his car to run down officers trying to arrest him in a Philadelphia suburb.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said officers feared the man would kill them Tuesday and they “did what they had to do.” He said five officers fired at the man. No officers were injured.
Authorities did not immediately identify the man who was killed, as officers ordered him out of the car and he appeared ready to accelerate at them as they manned a blockade. CBS Philly says he was 52-year-old Joseph A. Pacini. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports he’d posted three online videos with rambling messages and threats.
CBS Philly says he’d posted his last one about an hour before he was shot dead.
The station showed the video, in which he says, “This is my coming out party. OK? So, if you want to try to bring me down I will [expletive] kill you and your whole [expletive] family, all right? So go ahead and [expletive] with me.”
Police had secured an arrest warrant for the man after the threats in the online video, Chitwood said.
He had a history of mental illness, says CBS Philly, citing police.
The man’s death comes a little more than a week after a man who made similar threats shot two New York Police Department officers dead in their patrol car and then killed himself in a subway station.
Police said they began following the man after he left a home in nearby Clifton Heights. They said when officers stopped him at an intersection and ordered him out of the car, he reversed and slammed into a police vehicle and then prepared to run over other officers.
Source: CBS | The AP