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Standoff in Philadelphia ends after 6 officers shot

Posted: 9:21 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-15 00:24:26-04
Standoff in Philadelphia ends after 6 officers shot

A nearly 7-hour long standoff which began with six officers getting shot while serving a warrant has to an end late Wednesday evening, Philadelphia Police confirmed.

As of early Thursday morning, a SWAT unit was in the process of clearing th scene.

Police spokesman Eric Gripp said that the six officers were released from the hospital by late Wednesday evening. An officer who was injured in an accident while responding to the scene remains hospitalized.

Gripp said that law enforcement attempted to make contact with the suspect who was barricaded throughout the evening. Officials from ATF confirmed were on the scene, assisting local police.

Philadelphia Police requested the media not air live helicopter footage of the officers' tactical positions. Officers held those positions all evening despite spurts of gunfire.

Ross told reporters that officers attempted to serve a warrant at a residence near Temple University around 4:30 p.m. Officers reached the kitchen of the residence when the suspect began shooting at officers.

Ross said that officers dove through windows and took cover to avoid the gunfire. Following the shooting, officers retreated as dozens of other units responded. Temple University also was in a lockdown.

Two officers who were trapped in the residence for several hours were freed, Gripp confirmed. Gripp's announcement came nearly five hours after the incident began.