SWAT Rescues 2 Cops Trapped In House With Gunman Who Shot 6 Philly Officers
Philadelphia, PA - Six officers were shot by a gunman Wednesday evening, and two officers were trapped in the building with the gunman until they were rescued by SWAT.
The incident started during a drug warrant service at around 4:30 p.m., according to CBS 3.
While officers were in the building, a gunman opened fire on them.
Two of the officers were trapped inside while the others were able to get out.
The gunman continued to fire on the officers as they surrounded the outside of the building, shooting more officers.
Dramatic news helicopter footage showed an officer pouring blood on the street while running to a patrol car to be transported to the hospital.
The officers trapped in the apartment remained pinned down for about five hours when SWAT was able to extricate them.
The gunman remains armed in the house and has continued to occasionally fire at officers.
The six officers with gunshot wounds were transported to Einstein Medical Center and Temple University Hospital. They are in stable condition.
A seventh officer was injured in a collision while responding and is also stable.
During the gunfight, the suspect started live-streaming on social media. Authorities were able to work with the social media company to take the stream down.
None of the officers or the suspect have been identified at this time.
Officers remain on scene attempting to negotiate with the suspect over loudspeaker and over the phone.
Authorities were able to speak with the suspect on a three way call with his lawyer, according to Police Commissioner Richard Ross, but the suspect has not yet surrendered.
Multiple politicians have taken the opportunity from the event to call for "gun reform."
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