6 Philadelphia police officers shot, gunman holed up in house


UPDATE #2, 9 p.m.: Police are in communication with the gunman, who is barricaded inside a residence and is still firing.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said officers were serving a narcotics warrant at the home and had already entered when gunfire erupted.

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 who were inside the house have been safely evacuated, according to the PPD.

Police are hoping to persuade the gunman to surrender.

UPDATE #1, 4:45 p.m.: Philadelphia PD says 6 officers have been shot and others treated for “non-gunshot” injuries.

The suspect is still firing.


PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (KETK) – Philadelphia police say several officers have been injured in a shooting situation that is still ongoing.

A PPD spokesman said five officers were shot and have been taken to area hospitals with with non-life-threatening injuries.

Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted there was at least one suspect firing at police officers in the city’s Nicetown neighborhood.

A police spokesman confirmed the shooting but offered no other information.

Live video from news stations shows a massive police presence in a neighborhood with dozens of police cars and officers, many of them with their guns drawn.

Gunshots are continuing to be heard late Wednesday afternoon.

One officer appeared injured and was taken away in a police car. Video also showed two other officers carrying a man and putting him in the back of a police car.

Gripp said officers were taken to Temple University Hospital. But the hospital wouldn’t provide the officers’ conditions.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said numerous agents are responding to the scene to assist Philadelphia police.

Police are asking that news helicopters stay away from the area as they are hindering operations.

The Philadelphia PD Twitter said it will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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