Thursday, 15 August 2019 07:36

US gunman who shot 6 police officers surrenders

US gunman who shot 6 police officers surrenders
 

A suspect has been taken into custody after injuring six officers in a shootout in the US city of Philadelphia.

A gun battle broke out between police and a male shooter at around 16:30 local time (20:30 GMT).
 

The officers were serving a drugs warrant at a home in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tiago neighbourhood when the gunman opened fire.

 

A lengthy stand-off ensued as police urged the gunman to surrender.

A video on social media purportedly shows the suspect, named by US media as Maurice Hill, leaving the house with his hands in the air.

A SWAT team rescued two officers and three others who were trapped inside the home with the gunman, police said.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the SWAT team “were able to use stealth” to safely evacuate the officers from a “hostage situation”.

 

The gunman fired on the SWAT team’s truck outside the home, where police wearing bulletproof vests took cover behind cars with guns drawn, reports the BBC.

Negotiators attempted to call the suspect’s phone and were working with a family member and his lawyer.

Six officers who sustained non-life threatening injuries in the shooting have been released from hospital.

Ross said “many of them had to escape through windows and doors” as the suspect fired.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” the commissioner said.

US President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said.

 

The incident comes after two mass shootings – in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio – brought the debate about gun control in the US into sharp focus.

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