A mentally disturbed man released a profanity laced video threatening to kill Suburban Philadelphia Police,and Federal Agents, after an incident at an LA Fitness club earlier in the week,on December 29, 2014. In the video, he played a very professional sounding message from Detective Matt Hufnal, asking him to call him back, to discuss the incident. Joseph A.Pacini, instead, took to social media, and threatened to kill any cop that tried to take him into custody. “There is no way I am going to allow anyone to take my freedom away again, OK?” He barked into the camera.
He then is alleged to have called the detective back and told him he was going to the gym to work out and did not want any problems. You can see the disturbing video here .In another different video here. He is directing this video to the detective., told the person to look at his previous videos where Pacini threatened to kill cops. Yesterday, December 30, 2014, it all came to a head when his vehicle was spotted in Drexell Hill on Garrett Rd. near Shade land. He stopped his car and then put it into reverse, hitting a police car. at that point, police from three different departments opened fire on Pacini, killing him. It happened just in time to tie up the evening rush hour. Pacini, in his delusional mind thought that the cops, who had an arrest warrant out for him stemming from an incident at the health club, would forget about it and send him money.
Pacini., in rambling videos, considered himself to be bound by the “Sicilian Code” . and also asked that singer- songwriter Sara Beth Bareilles get involved and get him out of this trouble. It is unknown if Pacini had any relationship with him or if she even knew him. Pacini had numerous mental health commitments, said Upper Darby Police Chief Michael Chitwood. Pacini lived in Clifton Heights,, after moving there from Philadelphia. After his incident, which he was acting strange in the health club, caused cops to put out a warrant for his arrest. He knew that a confrontation was going to happen. In his videos , he told cops to kill him.
The shooting is being investigated by authorities, as is standard for any police involved shooting. It is not presently known if he had a weapon but with his threats to kill cops and Federal Agents, his slamming his car directly into a marked police car, was clearly taken as a threat. It is unknown if Pacini was under any medication at the time of the incident, or if he was offof his medication.