Multiple Philadelphia police have been shot after being called to Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood for narcotics activity. The 5 officers are being treated at nearby hospitals for non life-threatening injuries.
Sergeant of the Philadelphia Police, Eric Gripp said Wednesday via Twitter:
Update: Philadelphia shooting suspect, Maurice Hill, surrendered to PPD after over 8 long hours of a shooting standoff. The shooter called his attorney during the gun battle to ask for advice. The attorney, Shaka Johnson, talked him into surrendering. “He did not want this to end violently. … I told him you got to surrender now”, the attorney stated.
A total of 6 officers were injured. The injuries were non-fatal. One officer could have been killed after he suffered a graze-wound to the head, according to Philadelphia’s mayor.
President Trump provided comment on the situation:
During a Press conference, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney blasted the NRA, calling for stronger gun restriction. “It’s aggravating, it’s saddening, and it’s something that we need to do something about and if the state and local governments don’t want to stand up to the NRA and some other folks, then let us Police ourselves”. The mayor continued, “Our officers deserve to be protected and they don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited amount of bullets.”