Six police officers were shot during a wild gun battle in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon — sparking a massive, hours-long standoff that was still going on as of 7 p.m., according to officials.
At least six Philadelphia police officers were injured Wednesday in an “active and ongoing” shooting situation, authorities said. bit.ly/2OVSxVi
The cops were conducting a drug raid on a house in Philly’s Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood.
The officers were serving a narcotics warrant were in the kitchen area located in the rear of the house when the suspect started firing at them. the officers reportedly escaped through the doors and windows. Six were hit, but are expected to survive.
A male suspect began blasting at them with some sort of rifle, police officials said.
Here’s a bird’s eye view of the alleged Philadelphia shooter being put in a police car. Yeah, it’s him. pic.twitter.com/dwB9Uzrqzr
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 14, 2019
CBS3 reported that the man barricaded himself inside, and was shooting at responding officers from within the residence. They said he was live-streaming some of the mayhem, and that cops were trying to take the footage down.
By 4:30 pm additional forces, including SWAT teams, joined the responding officers in the gunfire exchange with the shooter.
At least six officers reportedly, got hit by bullets and were rushed to Temple University Hospital. Witnesses reported more than 100 rounds fired before police arrived, and said at least one of the cops got shot in the head.
Authorities swarmed the residential neighborhood and closed off surrounding streets, with video from news choppers showing officers crouching behind cars
Law enforcement swarmed the residential neighborhood and closed off surrounding streets, with video from news choppers showing officers crouching behind cars.
Sources told CNN that SWAT was drawing up plans for a possible forced entry into the suspect’s home.
Cops were still exchanging fire with the man and trying to get him to surrender as of 7 p.m., according to officials.
“Officers are attempting to communicate with the shooter; imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries,” tweeted Philadelphia Police Department Sgt. Eric Gripp.
Shortly before 5 p.m., Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp wrote on Twitter that the news choppers were “hindering operations” and should pull back. He said the shooting was in the 3700 block of North 15th Street and urged residents to avoid the area.
A seventh police officer was also said to have been injured in a car crash, officials said, though it’s unclear how the incident was related to the drug raid and ensuing shooting.
The cops who got shot were described as members of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Narcotics Strike Force.