After 7-Hour Standoff, Man That Shot 6 Philadelphia Police Officers in Gun Battle Surrenders (UPDATES)


After a tense seven-hour standoff, the man who shot and wounded six Philadelphia police officers in a fierce firefight after they tried to execute a narcotics warrant at his house has peacefully surrendered. All the wounded officers have also been treated and released from the hospital.

Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, NBC 10 reported that at least six police officers had been shot, after which dozens of police officers converged on the scene.

The shootings were reported in a neighborhood near Temple University in northern Philadelphia. Witnesses and reporters on scene are describing the situation as a “shoot-out” that required deploying SWAT teams and an armored personnel carrier.

At least one suspect had been taken into custody not long after the shooting, according to multiple reports.

UPDATE: Police are still reportedly involved in a shootout with a suspect.

UPDATE: Police officials confirmed at least six officer were shot and the suspect was still actively firing upon police. All injured police officers have non-life-threatening injuries.

UPDATE: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. gave a briefing at 8:00pm EDT where he said the six wounded police officers are “going to be okay” and that the shooter, a male “continues to fire rounds out of the window, so this situation is in no way resolved.” Ross also noted that the police have called the apartment where the assailant is holed up, but so far, he has not answered the phone or responded to entreaties made via bullhorn. Watch the police briefing video below, via CNN.

UPDATE: Police spokesperson Eric Gripp now reports that the two Philadelphia police officers who had been trapped in the same house as the shooter have been safely evacuated by a SWAT team. The armed shooter, however, remains inside.

UPDATE: According to police spokesperson Eric Gripp, all six police officers wounded by gunfire in the massive firefight have now been released from the hospital.

UPDATE: According to news reports, the shooter in Philadelphia has peacefully surrendered to police after a seven-hour standoff, emerging unarmed from the house with his hands around 12:00am EDT.

This is a breaking news story and it will be updated.

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