Cops: Man, 80, Angry at Philadelphia Inquirer, Fires at Police
A man was so furious with The Philadelphia Inquirer he fired nine shots at Upper Darby police on Wednesday, cops say.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the Daily News that 80-year-old Joseph Smith — no relation to the famous one, probably — had “some beef” with the Inquirer over stocks that lost money.
Cops say Smith called 9-1-1 and threatened to kill himself and the dispatcher at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday. When police arrived, he fired several shots at them — firing nine in all over several hours.
Smith was eventually subdued after he was tasered twice. Chitwood added this quote to the DN’s Stephanie Farr:
“Let me tell you something: The way he was acting and how strong he was, he had to be on something, but I don’t know for sure,” he said.
Thanks, Superintendent Chitwood!