Suspect in Custody After Six Police Officers Shot in Philadelphia, Two Cops Trapped in Home for Hours

Police took suspect Maurice Hill into custody after a shooting that injured six officers.

By Published on August 15, 2019

A gunman shot and wounded six police officers in the Nicetown-Tioga section of Philadelphia Wednesday, officials said.

Suspect Maurice Hill, 36, is in custody, his lawyer told CBS Philly.

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Officers gathered by the 3700 block of North 15th Street in an hours-long standoff, and two policemen who were reportedly trapped inside the house of the shootout’s location emerged after several hours. The officers shot have non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Police operators received a series of distress calls around 4:30 p.m. local time, according to NBC Philadelphia.

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A suspect live-streamed the encounter on Facebook, police said according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

A witness told ABC’s Philadelphia station WPVI she heard over 100 gunshots. Temple University is close by and its Health Sciences Center Campus was reportedly under lockdown.

“Officer calls for everything you got. SWAT, long gun,” a law enforcement officer can be heard saying on audio NBC10 obtained via Broadcastify. “I got an officer shot.”

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Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney went to a local hospital where several wounded officers had been transported, NBC10 reported.

A male suspect sheltered in place and exchanged gunfire with law enforcement Wednesday evening, according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr.

“This situation is in no way resolved,” Ross told reporters at 8 p.m. “We are trying to talk to this male. We are trying to get him to come out peacefully.”

 

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