On Wednesday (August 14), six police officers nearly lost their lives during a dangerous standoff situation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The standoff-turned-shootout occurred in the Nicetown-Tioga district of Philadelphia. During the afternoon hours on Wednesday, the six injured officers were hospitalized, according to Philly’s local Channel 3 News (CBS).
“We have gone from a hostage situation to a barricade,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
Also late Wednesday, two of the six officers and three more occupants in the home where the standoff occurred were safely evacuated. All of these individuals were struck by gunfire, Ross also said.
The suspected shooter/hostage taker live streamed the incident as the shootout occurred. Channel 3 News also reported that at least 30 Philadelphia police officers fired their weapons during the shootout with this deranged suspect.
Around 4:30 p.m. (EST), officers with the Philly Police Department converged on a home located at the 3700 block of North 15th Street. The SWAT officers had arrived there to serve a warrant, which suspected the sale and distribution of illegal drugs.
When the suspect inside saw the officers forcing themselves in, he immediately opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon. Officers fired back and simultaneously evacuated the house frantically through windows and doors as the suspect discharged many rounds.
Police officers were able to save the lives of two women and two children who were trapped on the second floor of the home. Hostage negotiators with the police department arrived later at the scene to convince the suspect to peacefully surrender.
However, as of 10:30 p.m. (EST), the suspected shooter had not surrendered and the shootout was still listed as active. The six officers who were shot during this serious situation were being treated at Philadelphia’s Temple University Hospital.
“It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” Commissioner Ross said.
HVY will be providing updates of this story as more details emerge in the near future.