Suspect shot dead as he tried to run police over after he posted threats online.
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.
Officers feared the man would kill them on Tuesday and they ‘did what they had to do’, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
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.
The Philadelphia Inquirer said he was 52-year-old Joseph A. Pacini and that he had posted three online videos with rambling messages and threats.
Police had secured an arrest warrant for the man after the threats in the online video, Chitwood said.
In videos posted to YouTube on December 29, Pacini vowed to take revenge on area authorities, the FBI and the CIA, who he believed were out to kill him.
In a series of clips, the 52-year-old alternately describes his fear that authorities are out to get him, threatens to take them out first, and even asks his ‘soulmate’ – singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles – to stop his enemies before it’s too late.
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