Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Six Phila. Officers

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A suspect who shot and injured six Philadelphia police officers was taken into custody early Thursday after a nearly eight-hour ordeal that included a gunfight and tense standoff in the northern part of the city, reports the Wall Street Journal. The suspect was identified as Maurice Hill, who has a history of gun arrests. All six of the wounded officers have been released from hospitals. One had a graze wound to his head. Some other officers were hurt responding to the scene, Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. The incident began around 4:30 p.m., when police tried to serve a narcotics warrant at a house in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood, he said. Officers who tried to serve the warrant were near a kitchen in the rear of the house when gunfire erupted. Some officers jumped out the window to escape the barrage.

Throughout the evening, the shooter remained inside the home and periodically shot at police outside. At one point, two police officers and three hostages who had been trapped in the building were safely evacuated by a SWAT team. Ross, wearing a bulletproof vest, said he personally tried to establish contact with the gunman, to no avail. Police tried to reach him by loudspeaker and by telephone. The commissioner said he assured the man he wouldn’t be harmed if he left the house. “Normally I wouldn’t even take this posture, but I’ve got police officers in a very volatile situation,” he said. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the shooting showed the need for gun-control measures. “Our officers deserve to be protected, and they don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets,” Kenney said. “We need to do something about it quick.”

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