Dramatic audio of police officers showing two police officers being caught and six others injured when gunshots were fired during an hour-long break that turned a residential area in Philadelphia upside down.
Several Narcotics Strike Force officials served arrest warrants in the apartment building – in connection with a possible drug-related offense – as things "almost immediately went awry" and the gunman opened the fire, police commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said.
"We have several gun officers, we have an officer, they are still being shot – gunshots are fired," a dispatcher said shortly after the firefight began around 4:30 pm
I have several gun officers They are still being shot ̵
Several officers had entered the house and gone backwards as one with an AK-47. Rifle and several pistols armed gunmen began to open the fire. Some officers jumped out the windows to escape the barrage of bullets, but two officers were trapped on the second floor.
"I shot a policeman in the leg at this point!", A policeman shouted to a police chief. "They say the shooter is in the kitchen We have an officer Radio: I want Erie Avenue closed immediately," reported another dispatcher, FOX 29 of Philadelphia.
"I have a policeman at this point shot in the leg! They say the shooter is in the kitchen. We have a policeman. "
Dozens of officers responded in police patrol cars A total of six policemen were wounded in the gunfire and taken to local hospitals where they were treated for life-threatening injuries and later released. The police blocked the streets around the scene and at least two other police officers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries related to car accidents causing excitement.
Two Policemen Barricaded
While most of the police initially left the house, they made it two officers were barricaded in separate rooms on the second floor as the armed man shot through the ceiling on the first floor and widows fired at the officers below.
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"Be You warned, we're still on stuck in this place, "said one of the officials over radio at 17:00 clock. "The male is in the kitchen, shooting up and forward to the opposition of the police."
We are still stuck in this place. The male is in the kitchen and shoots up and forward to the opposition of the police.
An officer was caught with a male and a female hostage in a back bedroom. Another officer was trapped in a bathroom with a male hostage. The hostages had already been handcuffed by police at the beginning of the shootings.
"How are you inside?" A police commander asked an official inside, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. "I have full ammunition, ready to go," the officer glared back.
SWAT and hostage takers have been called. The two officers and three hostages, with the help of the SWAT team, were able to flee at around 10 pm without being injured. when the stalemate went on. The police eventually rescued four other women trapped on the second floor in the middle of the gunfire.
Daycare on Suspension
Hundreds of shots were heard throughout the afternoon. A nearby day care center was closed until the police evacuated 58 children and adults from the building, the investigator reported.
"We had to stay calm and gather and calm the children," said a childminder. "I'm just glad I got my daughter," Shere Calhoun said as she stroked her 8-year-old head. "I did not want her to be a victim."
"We had to stay calm and gather and reassure the children, I'm just glad I got my daughter … I did not want her to be a victim."
"Calm down, calm down," a policeman shouted as a parent walked along the block, "the kids are safe."
Law enforcement agencies tried to communicate with the suspect both over the loudspeakers and over the phone to defuse the situation, and the suspect's girlfriend facilitated communication on the first call. Calling with the suspect, his lawyer and the police to force the suspect, he would not be hurt if he surrendered. After nearly eight hours of torture, the suspect surrendered to the authorities shortly after midnight on Thursday and left the residence with his hands raised and a police light pointed at him and surrounded by a tear gas cloud.
The Philadelphia Police Department did not officially release the suspect's name, but unnamed police sources told the investigator he was Maurice Hill, 36, from Philadelphia. Hill has a long-standing criminal record containing several firearms convictions and was arrested for attempted murder and resistance to arrest, according to the newspaper.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.