Hazleton City Police Chief Jerry Speziale states that earlier this morning around 8am, Hazleton City Police responded to a residence in the 300 block of East Elm Street in the city after a male had made a post on social media threatening to harm juvenile females and himself.
Chief Speziale stated that when officers responded to the home, the male inside of the home opened the rear door of the home and took a shot at the officer.
The officer returned fire and requested backup.
The Special Operations Group including Butler, West Hazleton, PSP, and Freeland Police were requested to assist.
Chief Speziale stated that from the beginning, he was collaborating with the District Attorney's office regarding the situation.
Chief Speziale on the situation:
"I can't thank all the organizations that were here. The Fire Department, the EMS. This was a true collaborative effort. Unfortunately, we have a situation where that's what unfolded in the beginning. We now have a crime scene that's active. We do have a male at the location that is deceased."
On a social media account belonging to Joseph Polin, who sources state is the tenant of the address in question of 305 East Elm Street, posted a disturbing post on social media.
Via the Facebook post:
By the time you read this I am either die or about to be. You really should try to figure out what I decided to do before I died. Then again, I have been dying a little each day since November. It just took so long to complete my final act in life. Maybe I will be remembered, maybe I will not. But I am sure there will be more people that know my name than you soon. The world is about to change.
More from the post:
(reader discretion is advised)
So all people know, my body is supposed to be cremated and the ashes go to my half-brother ***** ******, because I love him. My brother Daniel and wife can bite my ass. My ashes are for David.
The post then turns to darker tones of murder and pedophilia.
So yeah I killed myself. Now the thing is, you have to decide what I did. I completed the first part already, and later this week we will find out. Now the last part…Am I going to shot *** (supposedly gay), ****** boyfriend in the head with my gun (Yes I have a gun for a while now). Or I’m going to play “Child-Sleeping”, because I am a big pervert and want to take a cute teenager for Joey Time before I died. There were two cute girls from YouTube that live near me. There is ****** from Seven Awesome Kids, and *** from Seven Gymnastic Girls. Both live in PA, and both fairly close to me. So, I’m I trying to kidnap ****** or *** for perverted reasons, or trying to kill ***? So much I can do with a gun. You know what the problem is with kids on the Internet? They have too much information about their lives on the Internet and the Internet gives addresses out for free. So, I have most of the addresses to the SAKs Channel girls. At one point I had over 90% of the USA, UK, CA, AU, NZ members addresses.
The post ended with "Now the fun begins."
Hours later, police confirm that a body was found in the the residence. The cause of death appeared to be suicide, pending the coroners report.
Sources state this was Joseph Polin who was found.
The investigation is still ongoing in Hazleton City.