Gunman wounds not less than 6 Philadelphia police; 2 others freed

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Gunman wounds not less than 6 Philadelphia police; 2 others freed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At least one gunman opened hearth on police Wednesday as they have been serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that prolonged into the night time, authorities mentioned.

Two different officers have been trapped inside the home for about 5 hours after the capturing broke out however have been freed by a SWAT crew properly after darkness fell on the residential neighborhood.

None of the officers sustained life-threatening accidents they usually’ve been launched from the hospital, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp mentioned.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” mentioned Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross as officers continued their standoff with the gunman.

The capturing started round 4:30 p.m. as officers went to a house in a north Philadelphia neighborhood of brick and stone rowhomes to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation “that went awry almost immediately,” Ross mentioned.

“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,” mentioned Abdul Rahman Muhammad, 21, an off-duty medic. “There was just a lot of screaming and chaos.”

Many officers “had to escape through windows and doors to get (away) from a barrage of bullets,” Ross mentioned.

Shots have been nonetheless being fired three hours later, police mentioned, and officers returned hearth.

Around 9:30 p.m., police mentioned, a SWAT crew freed the 2 officers who had been trapped inside, together with three those that officers took into custody earlier than the capturing as a part of the drug warrant. But the gunman remained barricaded.

Police have been imploring him to give up, at one level patching in his lawyer on the telephone with him to attempt to persuade him to surrender, Ross mentioned.

“We’re doing everything within our power to get him to come out,” Ross mentioned, including: “He has the highest assurance he’s not going to be harmed when he comes out.”

Temple University locked down a part of its campus, and several other youngsters and employees have been trapped for a while in a close-by day care.

Police tried to push crowds of onlookers and residents again from the scene. In police radio broadcasts, officers may very well be heard calling for backup as stories of officers getting shot poured in.

Dozens of officers on foot lined the streets. Others have been in vehicles and a few on horses.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives mentioned its brokers responded to the scene to help Philadelphia police.

President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr have been briefed on the capturing, officers mentioned.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney mentioned he was grateful that officers’ accidents weren’t life-threatening.

“I’m a little angry about someone having all that weaponry and all that firepower, but we’ll get to that another day,” Kenney mentioned.

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Associated Press writers Ron Todt in Philadelphia, Michael Balsamo in Washington, Caleb Jones in Honolulu and Michael Rubinkam in Allentown, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report.

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