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Six officers shot in Philadelphia standoff

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/15/19, 11:48 am

A suspect is in custody after an hourslong standoff and gun battle Wednesday in which he wounded six Philadelphia police officers. Police initially arrived at the home around 4:30 p.m. to serve an arrest warrant for drug charges.

What went wrong? The suspect opened fire inside the house. He shot six officers, some as they were trying to escape. Two other officers were trapped inside along with three civilian hostages, but a SWAT team rushed the scene and freed them. Maurice Hill, 36, surrendered to police around midnight after talking to his attorney, Shaka Johnson. The wounded police officers’ injuries were not life-threatening, and all were released from the hospital Wednesday night.

Dig deeper: The Philadelphia Inquirer has a detailed account of how events unfolded. CNN had live updates throughout the incident.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 08/16/2019 07:38 pm

    First, Thank You, Lord, no one died in this insane incident!

    Second, Maurice Hill was/is absolutely prohibited from possessing firearms under current law. The fact that he had firearms is a perfect illustration of the futility of  thinking that, if firearms are taken away from law-abiding Americans, criminals will not have guns either.