Police: Man threatened to kill himself before standoff in Schuylkill Township

Photo by Barry Taglieber Authorities respond to a report of a domestic dispute which turned in a standoff.

SCHUYLKILL TWP. — Police have identified the man who was holed up in a home Friday afternoon for nearly two hours.

Antonio Girifalco, 23, threatened to kill himself and anyone around before barricading himself in a second-floor bedroom in the 100 block of Contiental Drive Friday afternoon, police said.

Police received a report of a domestic dispute happening at Girifalco’s residence at 2:25 p.m., police said. A following report said that shots had been fired at the residence, police said.

Police on the scene spoke with family members, then entered the home and Girifalco on the second floor, loading rounds into a rifle, according to a police report.

Emergency Response Teams from Northeast and Western Chester County arrived to assist and shortly after, Girifalco gave himself up, police said.

Girifalco made several threats to officers and family members that he would shoot them, according to police.

There are no reports of injuries in the standoff.

Once police were able to enter the bedroom, they found a high power rifle, a shotgun and several loaded hand guns, police said.

Police closed Oakwood Road to traffic during the incident and it opened again around 5 p.m.

Girifalco was taken into custody and charged with multiple counts of terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned in front of District Judge Analisa Sondergaard and was unable to post bail of $7,500, according to court documents.

Girifalco is being held at the Chester County Prison. His next hearing is on March 14, according to court documents.

Schuylkill Township Police were assisted by officers from Tredyffrin, Phoenixville, East Pikeland and East Coventry townships.

-Story is from The Mercury, www.pottsmerc.com

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