At least six Philadelphia police officers have been shot in a standoff Wednesday afternoon and evening that has so far lasted more than two hours in a residential area on the north side the city, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Police said one suspect was in custody and they were searching for another gunman.
Footage from local media showed officers surrounding a house where there was reportedly one or more active shooters. Police, after initially reporting one gunman, later said there were two, according to the Inquirer. News footage showed police taking a man into custody who appears to be a suspect, but it’s not clear yet if that man was involved in the standoff; police were originally called to the scene to serve a warrant because of drug activity. But authorities told NBC Philadelphia Wednesday evening that a man was still in the house and still shooting.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross told the Inquirer that the two narcotics officers who had tried to serve a warrant were trapped in the house and that one suspect was livestreaming from inside on Facebook. The two officers were apparently pinned down on the second floor with two other handcuffed people. They were uninjured but at risk of being shot by a gunman firing into the ceiling from the first floor.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene in which police arrived in armored vehicles and tactical gear. One woman told ABC News that she heard more than 100 gunshots. Residents were evacuated from the area.
Police told CBS Philadelphia that it looked as if none of the officers’ injuries were life-threatening.
Update, Aug. 14, 2019, 8:20 p.m.: At a media briefing at 8 p.m., Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. told the media that the situation was “in no way resolved” as the standoff neared its fourth hour, adding that “there is no indication” the gunman is trying to surrender. One suspect remains inside the house where two police officers remain trapped. Mayor Jim Kenney told reporters he was “a little angry about someone having that much firepower.”
Update, 9:50 p.m.: Philadelphia’s NBC 10 is now reporting that the two police officers have safely escaped from the home. The gunman is still inside, and the standoff is ongoing.
Update, 11 p.m.: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the officers inside the house and several suspects they had handcuffed during the standoff were evacuated by a SWAT team. The gunman, who has now been identified as Maurice Hill, 36, is still barricaded inside.
Update, 12:50 a.m.: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the standoff ended around midnight when the gunman surrendered to police and was taken into custody.