PHILADELPHIA,. A SWAT team has rescued two police officers who were trapped inside a Philadelphia house with an active shooter who is still armed and remains inside the home, police said.
Six Philadelphia police officers were wounded yesterday in a shootout during a drug raid at the house and negotiators were urging the shooter to surrender.
Over four hours into the standoff, the Philadelphia Police Department said all the wounded officers were in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police were serving a drugs warrant inside a north Philadelphia home at around 4.30pm ET (2030 GMT) when the male shooter opened fire on officers..
“Many of them had to escape through windows and doors to escape from a barrage of bullets,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told a news conference.
The shooter continued to fire on a SWAT truck parked outside the residence in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood as officers tried to negotiate his surrender, Ross said.
Police called the man’s phone, talked with him on a bullhorn and involved a family member in the negotiations, Ross added.
“I’m worried about a potential hostage situation and we’ve got to get that resolved,” said Ross, adding that he believed the two officers trapped inside the home were not wounded.
“We are trying to get him to come out peacefully,” Ross said, declining to confirm whether there was more than one shooter. “There’s no indication that he’s trying to surrender, we do know that he is still alive, there’s no question of that because of the shots that keep ringing out.”
Police told local residents to remain inside their homes and stay out of the area after hundreds of rounds were exchanged.
Local television station Fox 29 reported some kind of movement by police around 7.30pm with a “bang” sound.
Two other officers were also injured in a car accident while responding to the shooting.
There were reports the shooter was livestreaming the incident on Facebook.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting and was monitoring the situation.
“Suspect is still firing. STAY OUT OF THE AREA,” Gripp tweeted.
Fox 29 reported that two drug squad officers were holding individuals they had arrested while serving a warrant, with both officers barricaded inside the house with the suspects.
The shooter was firing into the ceiling of the structure and outside, Fox 29 reported, citing a senior police official.
Television images showed hundreds of police surrounding the house, many with guns drawn, as a SWAT team stood by. — Reuters