PHILADELPHIA — At least one gunman opened fire on police Wednesday as they were serving a warrant in a Philadelphia neighborhood, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the evening, authorities said.
Two other officers were still trapped inside the house more than four hours after the shooting broke out, as dozens if not hundreds of their fellow police outside tried to talk down the shooter and sporadically took fire from him.
As of 9:30 p.m. Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said the officers have been safely evacuated. The suspect is still armed and inside the home.
Update: 2 PPD Officers who were in house with shooter have been safely evacuated by PPD SWAT. Suspect is still armed and inside house. Continue to avoid the area.
— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) August 15, 2019
None of the officers’ injuries was considered life-threatening and they were being treated at hospitals, Sgt. Gripp said.
The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. as officers went to a home in Nicetown, a north Philadelphia neighborhood of brick and stone rowhomes. Shots were still being fired three hours later, police said.
Officers were negotiating with the gunman and imploring him to surrender, while urging people to stay away from the area, Gripp tweeted.
Two officers became trapped inside the house amid the gunfire, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Live video from news stations showed a massive police presence, with dozens of squad cars and officers, many of them with guns drawn.
Temple University locked down part of its campus, and several children and staff were trapped in a nearby daycare.
Police tried to push crowds of onlookers and residents back from the scene. In police radio broadcasts, officers could be heard calling for backup as reports of officers getting shot poured in.
Dozens of officers on foot lined the streets. Others were in cars and some on horses.
One officer appeared injured and was taken away in a police car. Video also showed two other officers carrying a man and putting him in the back of a police car.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said its agents responded to the scene to assist Philadelphia police.
Shooting situation ACTIVE and ONGOING on 3700 15th St. Avoid Area. Several PPD Officers have been injured. Updates will be provided as received
— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) August 14, 2019
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr were briefed on the shooting, officials said.
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