Nicetown Philadelphia Shooting: Six Officers Shot And Suspect Is Arrested – At least six Philadelphia police officers were shot after an hours-long standoff and shootout in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section on Wednesday.
Nicetown-Tioga Philadelphia Shooting:
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. explained the incident.
The massive shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. as officers went to a home in a north Philadelphia neighborhood to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation “that went awry almost immediately,” Ross said.
“SWAT was able to successfully extract the two police officers that were trapped upstairs, as well as three prisoners,” He said. “They were all taken out safely thus far.”
“I was just coming off the train and I was walking upstairs and there were people running back downstairs who said that there was someone up there shooting cops,” said Abdul Rahman Muhammad, 21, an off-duty medic. “There was just a lot of screaming and chaos.”
Ross said many officers “had to escape through windows and doors to get [away] from a barrage of bullets.”
Maurice Hill, Philadelphia Shooting Suspect:
The suspect was identified as Maurice Hill, 36-years-old.
Hill has an “extensive” criminal history, Ross said.
Maurice Hill was taken to Temple University Hospital for an evaluation. He is facing charges with six counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault, according to attorney Shaka Johnson.
Four women who were escorted from on the second floor of the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood with the suspect. One woman said of the officers: “They kept us safe the whole time, the whole time, they kept us safe.”
The wounded officers’ wounds were non-life threatening. one Philadelphia officer was shot in the head, one was shot in the leg and another in the hand. The injured officers were rushed to Temple University Hospital. The university said the Health Sciences Center had been on lockdown for several hours, but it was lifted by 7 p.m.
All six officers wounded in the shooting have been released from the hospital. Another officer injured in a car crash on the way to the scene still remains hospitalized.
Democratic vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, a Scranton, Pennsylvania, native, tweeted about Philadelphia Shooting:
“Dr. Biden and I send our prayers to the police officers injured today in Philadelphia, and to their families who wake up every day knowing that their loved ones are walking into harm’s way when they put on the badge. We’re grateful for the selfless work they do to keep us safe.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and President Donald Trump both said about monitoring the developing situation.
“Tonight is another reminder of the selfless sacrifice of our law enforcement officers and first responders,” Wolf said. “We are praying for a peaceful resolution and the full recovery of all those injured. We must remain committed to combating violence and getting dangerous weapons out of our communities.”
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) August 14, 2019
— Nick Peterson (@NickPetersonTV) August 15, 2019
NEW: #PhiladelphiaShooting suspect Maurice Hill was released from Temple Hospital this AM & taken to police HQ. Online records reveal an extensive criminal history including aprox 12 arrests, time in & out of prison, numerous charges withdrawn in court. Latest on @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/k41NkFwsCL
— Kelly Rule (@KellyRuleTV) August 15, 2019