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Phoenixville Man Threatens to Shoot Cops During Standoff, Police Say

Antonio Girifalco was heavily armed, Schuylkill Township Police are reporting.

A 23-year-old Phoenixville man is in Chester County Prison after he engaged area police in a nearly two-hour standoff from his Continental Drive home, Schuylkill Township Police said.

Though Antonio Girifalco was heavy armed during the standoff and threatened to shoot himself, family members and authorities, according to police, there were no injuries reported.

On March 8, Schuylkill Township Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Continental Drive for a report of a loud verbal dispute between two men. According to court documents, while the officers were en route, they received an update that a gunshot had been fired.

Once on the scene, police say Girifalco’s mother told them that her son was in the house and was “freaking out.” The women said her son had badly damaged the home’s interior—breaking walls, doors, a bannister, and a book case—and when she approached him he demonstrated signs of mental illness.

“If you have any courtesy, respect, or brains, I’d shut up and leave him alone,” Girifalco, speaking in third person, court document say he told his mother. “Before he killed himself and anyone else that was around.”

The women began to walk away, she told police, at which point Girifalco put a loaded 12-gauge shotgun into his mouth, police say. The woman, at this point, called police.

Police say that when they arrived, Girifalco had locked himself in a second-floor bedroom. As the officers approached the staircase that led to the room, they heard “a gun being chambered and two shells hitting from floor,” according to court documents.

At this point, police say Emergency Response Teams from the area were called. Police say that when the units arrived on the scene, Girifalco began yelling at them to “come after him,” adding that he would shoot them if they did. However, once an armored vehicle pulled up to the home, police say Girifalco shouted at the window that he “was finished” and wanted to give up.

After he was taken into custody, police say they found a rifle, a homemade shotgun, several pistols, and drug paraphernalia inside his room.

Gorifalco was arrested on charges of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was confined to Chester County Prison when he was unable to post bail, according to court documents.

According to The Times Herald, the incident began at 2:25 p.m. Police had closed Oakwood Drive during the incident, but reopened it at 5 p.m.

Laura Schwartz March 14, 2013 at 01:32 PM
There's your Second Amendment rights, folks.
George March 14, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Brilliant statement Laura. Are you intellectually challenged? Do you know what that means?
larry sinister March 14, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Seems like the police handled this one correctly. This guy is clearly doing the wrong drugs.
Gamecock fan March 14, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Clearly the PD did a good job on this one. Kudos when deserved.
Jane March 14, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Yes, kudos...but, evil will ALWAYS find a means!! UPhold our great Constitution!!
Obama Remorse March 14, 2013 at 08:21 PM
When someone gets convicted of libel or slander, will you say "There's your First Amendment rights, folks"?
harry finster March 15, 2013 at 04:52 AM
13799 to go
46 BLAST March 15, 2013 at 06:17 AM
Hey Laura this guy was just following Komrad Joe O'Biden's call for all you pacifists to go out and buy a shotgun. I'd preferred he would have used a 44 Magnum and save the paper work
John March 15, 2013 at 03:47 PM
shut up pedophile
shannon March 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM
The wrong drugs? Fuck off. People are so rude and so ignorant and so quick to say something stupid
Girl March 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM
The grammar and spelling mistakes in this article are absurd. What kind of writer does not proof read his work before it goes public? This is a poor attempt to make an otherwise boring town seem thrilling. An obvious fabrication constructed from gathered information from other sources and not first hand experience. This person has a family that is undoubtedly devastated and heartbroken. No one was hurt or injured and the man surrendered peacefully. "Drug paraphernalia" does not mean the man was drug induced during the incident. This article was perfectly concocted for layman to conclude this person is a drug addicted, violent monster. Whatever the motive or reason behind his actions were, they are clearly inner demons he has to deal with. And his family now has to carry the burden as well. "Laura Schwartz" and "larry sinister" your comments lack intelligence and compassion. "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." Who are you to judge someone because they sin differently than you do? Show some couth. Go out and do good.
lady March 20, 2013 at 02:02 AM
You don't know anything and you have no room to judge a person on what they have done. You people have no idea what this man was going through or has been through and have some respect for the family who had to go through this as well . What if this was your son, father, brother or even yourself. This is devastating for anybody to go through so don't post disrespectful things about someone you don't know and until you walk a day in their shoes shut your mouth ! And I agree with shannon .
David Dawson April 28, 2013 at 08:03 AM
BLAH-BLAH-BLAH !!!!

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