The newly released surveillance video shows the moment when three police officers were shot while attempting to serve a warrant in a house in North Philadelphia – a situation that led to an almost eight-hour stalemate with the suspect and wounded six Police left behind.
In a video taken by a neighbor's doorbell camera, there are three officers entering the house. Shortly after entering the residence, a gunfire breaks out.
The scene quickly becomes chaotic as a spectator watching from across the street escorts and several other officers take cover. One of the officers in the house can be seen in the video as he pushes open the front door and crawls down the stairs to escape.
Eric Garrity, who lives across the street, told NBC Philadelphia he had gone outside to see what was going on. But the officers told them to come back and seek protection.
Another neighbor told the outlet that the scene was "like a war".
"The guns, the fire, the noise ̵
On Wednesday afternoon, the police were in a residential area in the district of Nicetown to serve a narcotics order, when the suspect was identified by a lawyer as Maurice Hill, opened the fire, the authorities said. Two policemen who had entered the house were trapped upstairs for hours before being safely released along with three other policemen, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said on Wednesday night. He was then taken into custody. Ross told a news conference on Thursday that Hill was armed with an AR-15 rifle and had a gun in his pocket when he was arrested. threatening injuries. By late Wednesday all had been released . Another officer who responded to the scene was injured in a crash, the police said.
Hill, 36, has not yet been formally charged, but could file charges Larry Krasner said at a news conference on Thursday afternoon: "There will be a lot of charges," he said, adding that Hill "never left Prison will come ". At a press conference Wednesday night, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney wanted others to do more to keep guns off the streets.
"Our officers need help," he said. "They need help with gun control, they need help to keep those weapons out of their hands."
He added, "This government, both at federal and state level, does not want to do anything about taking those guns off the street and getting them out of the hands of criminals … It's aggravating, it's sad. It's something we need to change. "
Hill has been arrested several times and has a criminal record dating back to the early years. Krasner said on Thursday that the 2000s apply to both state and federal cases. The indictment included burglary, escape, resistance to arrest, perjury, robbery and weapons and weapons offenses.
Krasner found that not all charges led to convictions.
"I think it's clear that this man should not have been present on streets in the sense that he was obviously a huge threat to the public and law enforcement," he cited Hill's earlier abuses with the Police.
President Donald Trump made similar comments in a tweet the previous Thursday.
"The shooter from Philadelphia should never have been on the street, he had a long and very dangerous criminal record," he said in a tweet . "Long punishment – street crime must be harder!"
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced in a statement that he would sign a decree on Friday to sign an anti-gun decree, inter alia, against communal gun violence and mass shootings. "