Philadelphia police shooting standoff ends with suspect taken into custody, multiple officers wounded

The Philadelphia Inquirer:

A gunman who police say shot six city officers late Wednesday afternoon surrendered around midnight, ending a dramatic standoff that had two officers trapped for several hours inside a house in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia with the suspect after a shootout erupted at 4:30 p.m.

Earlier, Police Commissioner Richard Ross confirmed that the officers and several people they had handcuffed during the tense standoff had been safely extracted from the property in the 3700 block of North 15th Street.

At 8 p.m., Police Commissioner Richard Ross said a man inside the house in the 3700 block of North 15th Street was still firing out windows, striking a SWAT vehicle and homes across the street.

At a news conference outside Temple University Hospital, where some of the injured officers were taken, Ross, wearing a ballistic vest, said he had personally tried to talk to shooter in an effort to negotiate a surrender. He said the man had picked up the phone but had not verbally responded.

At a news conference just before 10 p.m., Ross praised the bravery of officers who responded to the scene of the gunfire and called the work of the SWAT team that got the officers out of the house “absolutely remarkable.”

“It is nothing short of remarkable in such a confined space, that we didn’t have more of a tragedy that we did,” the commissioner said. He said the officers serving the arrest warrant were met with gunfire almost immediately.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” Ross said as he stood in the rain outside Temple hospital.

Details & time line at the Philadelphia Inquirer



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