A gunman who barricaded himself for hours inside a Philadelphia home, shooting at and wounding six officers, is in police custody, authorities said.
Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said early Thursday morning that the man was taken into custody after an hourslong standoff with police.
UPDATE: Suspect is in custody. SWAT is still clearing the house
— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) August 15, 2019 Multiple reports name the suspect as Maurice Hill, and say he has a lengthy criminal record. He surrendered to police, walking out with his hands up, shortly after midnight. Around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, police were seen walking the suspect from the hospital in handcuffs.
The six officers who were shot have all been released from the hospital, Gripp said shortly after 10 p.m.
"They're doing OK, far better than we could've imagined. Fortunate that their injuries were not more severe and that no one else in the vicinity was injured. There were a lot of shots fired," said Police Commissioner Richard Ross during a news conference Thursday morning.
Three other officers sustained other injuries. One of them was admitted to the hospital for injuries in a car crash related to the incident.
The shooting and standoff started around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when officers were serving a narcotics warrant at the home in the Tioga-Nicetown section of the city.
"Station 101, shots still ringing off... Give me SWAT ASAP! Long guns, ASAP! I got officer shot, officer shot!" police radio dispatches record the start of the taxing evening in Philadelphia.
The officers had already entered the home when gunfire erupted, Ross said.
Ross said the gunman fired multiple rounds and officers returned fire. He said many "had to escape through windows and doors to get (away) from a barrage of bullets."
Two officers were trapped in the house for hours as the suspect continued to fire gunshots outside at police. The officers, as well as three others in the home, were safely evacuated by PPD SWAT around 9:20 p.m., authorities said.
"We're so thankful that they were able to get out and were able to get the other folks out, the prisoners that were in there are also unharmed and I don't even know miraculously how that happened because there were multiple shots fired. He fired gunshots while I was on location," Ross said.
Police tried communicating with the barricaded suspect for hours. The man had picked up the phone multiple times but did not speak, Ross said earlier in the evening.
The suspect's lawyer even joined in negotiations, and Ross himself spoke to the suspect to try to resolve the situation peacefully.
"As the night went on, we had more lengthy conversations. It was an unusual circumstance so we took unusual steps for the preservation of life, even his," he said. "There was a point we know he was FaceTiming his girlfriend largely about his newborn and we're trying to appeal to him through that."
A heavy police presence was in the neighborhood as the situation developed, with businesses, including day care centers, on lockdown and roads closed. Dozens of officers lined streets for blocks around the scene.
Governor Tom Wolf said he had been monitoring the situation and was praying for the officers' recovery.
"Tonight is another reminder of the selfless sacrifice of our law enforcement officers and first responders," Wolf said in a statement released around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. "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."
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr had been briefed on the shooting in Philadelphia and were monitoring the situation as it unfolded.
The Philadelphia shooter should never have been allowed to be on the streets. He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police. Long sentence - must get much tougher on street crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019