Suspect released from hospital after shooting 6 Philadelphia police officers in hours-long standoff; lawyer identifies suspect as 37-year-old Maurice Hill
Philadelphia, PA-A gunman was taken into custody after he allegedly shot six Philadelphia police officers in the city’s Nicetown-Tioga section on Wednesday. The suspect surrendered to police shortly after midnight, following more than a seven-hour standoff.
Johnson says Hill was not injured in the shootout. Hill was taken to the hospital for a checkup and released around 3 a.m.
Hill’s lawyer reports that Hill called to to the scene of the standoff while he was barricaded inside.
“Maurice called me in a panic, obviously. He did not want this to end violently and he really was sort of taking an opportunity to speak his peace. I told him, ‘You gotta surrender, man” Johnson said.
Johnson says he first received a call from Hill around 8:30 p.m., hours after the shooting broke out and the officers were shot.
Charges have not yet been announced.
All six police officers were released from he hospital Wednesday night. A seventh officer, who was injured in a car crash while responded to the scene on the 3700 block of North 15th Street, remains in the hospital. The officer’s condition is not known.
Police were serving a narcotics warrant at around 4:30 p.m. when the suspect opened fire. As police exchanged gunfire inside the house, officers escaped through windows and doors. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said it was a miracle that officers weren’t killed during the incident.
Ross said multiple officers fired their weapons, however he did not know how many.
“Let’s be clear, the police did an awesome job today. They were very patient, this had been going on for hours,” Johnson said. “Commissioner Ross could have pushed a button long before he did, quite frankly. So I want to give credit to the police for having some sort of patience with all of this … This could have gone very badly earlier in the day.”
Two officers, who were trapped on the second floor of the residence, were released, along with three hostages, while police said the gunman remained on the first floor.
More updates will be provided as they become available.