VIDEO: Bystanders Taunt Philly Cops During Incident Where 6 Cops Were Shot

Bystanders heckled and taunted police Philadelphia police as six of their fellow officers were being shot.

Philadelphia, PA – A group of bystanders taunted and laughed at Philadelphia police during a standoff with a shooter on Wednesday night (video below).

The barricaded gunman shot six officers during the nearly eight-hour standoff.

Two officers and three civilians were trapped inside the home with the active shooter for hours before SWAT was able to safely extricate them.

Hundreds of bystanders lined the streets as volleys of gunshots rang out, KYW reported.

“A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire,” KYW reporter Alexandria Hoff tweeted on Wednesday night.

“I should add - 98% of people here on scene were respectful and concerned,” Hoff noted. “That moment was just such a startling thing to see in the middle of something so chaotic.”

One video showed a line of silent, solemn officers as the wove their way through a rowdy crowd.

At one point, a woman shoved one of the officers from behind as he was walking past her. Others threw objects at police.

“B---h -ss n----as!” one onlooker shouted.

The crowd followed the officers as they walked down the block and lined up on near the crime scene tape.

As police faced the hecklers, the crowd became even more irate, the video showed.

One irate man in a black t-shirt squared off with officers and waved his arms aggressively just feet away from them.

The 36-year-old gunman’s attack began at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, when police attempted to serve a narcotics warrant at a residence in the 3700-block of North 15th Street, The Washington Post reported.

The situation “went awry almost immediately,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said, according to The Washington Post.

As soon as the officers got into the home, they were met by a barrage of bullets that forced them to return fire, KYW reported.

Officers dove through windows and out doorways to escape, but two of the officers remained trapped inside the home with the gunman.

The attacker continued to fire on police as they surrounded the outside of the building, and shot more officers.

Residents hid inside their homes and dove behind vehicles to shield themselves from the gunfire, The Washington Post reported.

Dramatic news helicopter footage showed an officer pouring blood on the street while running to a patrol car to be transported to the hospital, KYW reported.

A short while later, another wounded officer was seen being helped to run from the scene and then was also placed into a patrol car and transported away, according to WPVI.

Other officers crouched behind vehicles and exchanged gunfire with the attacker.

Approximately 80 children and infants were evacuated from daycare centers located just two blocks away from the standoff, The Washington Post reported.

During the gunfight, the suspect started live-streaming on social media, according to KYW. Authorities were able to work with the social media company to take the stream down.

“It was like a war — like a scene that you see in war,” one resident said, according to The Washington Post. “The guns, the fire, the noise — it was like bombs going off simultaneously at a time where people are having dinner.”

The officers trapped in the apartment had been pinned down for about five hours by the time SWAT was able to extricate them.

Three citizens were also rescued during the extrication, CNN reported.

“They kept us safe the whole time,” one of the women who was rescued said through tears. “The whole time, they kept us safe.”

Commissioner Ross said that he does not believe the shooter realized that SWAT was conducting the rescue mission due to the level of stealth the team used.

Meanwhile, the six officers with gunshot wounds were transported to Einstein Medical Center and Temple University Hospital, according to KYW.

Commissioner Ross said they were treated for their wounds and have all been released from the hospital, according to The Washington Post.

A seventh officer was injured in a collision while responding to the active shooter situation.

He remains hospitalized, but is in stable condition, KYW reported.

No citizens were hurt during the incident.

Towards the end of the standoff, police allowed the attacker’s attorney, Shaka Johnson, to come to the scene to speak with him, The Washington Post reported.

Commissioner Ross acknowledged that using the attorney in an effort to end the situation was “unorthodox.”

“But again, it was a very unusual circumstance,” the commissioner added. “This was a very dynamic situation, one that I hope we never see again.”

According to Johnson, the shooter has a history of weapons-related convictions, The Washington Post.

Police equipped Johnson with body armor and approached the residence with him, according to NBC News.

"I could sense that he was panicking and trying to figure out, how do I get out of this situation alive," the attorney later explained. "I just kept the conversation as light-hearted as it could be under the circumstances, and when appropriate I switched back to, ‘you’ve got to come out, man, and you have to put your phone down, you can’t come out with any weapons, you’ve got to put your hands up.’”

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, the gunman walked out with his hands raised after officers fired tear gas into the home, bringing the eight-hour standoff to an end, The Washington Post reported.

“It's nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today," Commissioner Ross said, according to NBC News.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said he was “deeply troubled” to learn about the mass shooting of law enforcement officers.

"Tonight is another reminder of the selfless sacrifice of our law enforcement officers and first responders,” Wolf said. “We are praying for a peaceful resolution and the full recovery of all those injured.”

You can watch cell phone footage of the officers’ encounter with the unruly crowd in the video below:

Comments (74)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Maybe the general public will work on rebuilding the relationship with law enforcement.... Cops doing their job, trying to rescue their fellow officers and the others who are trapped in the house, and this is type of aggression and behaviors is displayed by the locals... waiting for the democratic political leadership to condone their behavior... currently only hearing crickets

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

I'd be using this video to identify all those who interfered with police working the scene and those that laid hands on the officers and I'd be arresting the lot. Shitheads all of them.

GeeGirl
GeeGirl

Scumbag thugs, all of them, the police should have left, not done ANYTHING about the shooter and let the people get shot up with the attitudes they are showing geez

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

That was not the right time and place to taunt cops.

lrogers664
lrogers664

Our major cities are now like Third World countries thanks to liberal judges and pandering politicians!

Woobie46
Woobie46

SO BRAVE IN MOBS....bet not so much elsewhere. The women actually are more vile than the men...they think that no one will bust them because they're womens...well, guess what. Coming to a place near you....

Effiemyers
Effiemyers

The ENTIRE crowd/mob should have been disbursed and anyone refusing to leave arrested and charged. It was an active shooting situation and the police were within their rights to make EVERYONE leave for their own safety. End of story!

bbalfour
bbalfour

1st off...you can't define these imbeciles as humans. Humans, capacity for higher behavioral processing, would consider consequences of action before jeopardizing freedom or safety. Not only for themselves, but others. As the video indicates, this is more in line with 3rd world country or animal like behavior. And we all know what caused that. Liberal policies have single handedly destroyed inner cities and taken away ALL personal responsibility. And they keep voting in the politicians that see them nothing more as mindless matter. Travesty really.

Marxest
Marxest

Yeah, that wasn't a good time to heckle and mock officers, BUT Americans aren't known for their sensitivity for victims of violence, especially police officers. I've heard police officers say so many hurtful and nasty things especially to minorities, that sympathy for killed and injured officers has understandably evaporated in certain places. Officers should just grow a pair and get used to the harsh environments of the area they patrol.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

I'm sorry but under this circumstance you will be given a free pass to baton butt stroke a savage that puts her hands on you. AND THEN KEEP MOVING.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

New Headline: COPS' FEELINGS HURT OVER CITIZEN CRITICISM

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I've stated before, there must be something genetically wrong with these people.....who in their right mind taunts and bothers police responding to a shooter who's already shot cops? What if the bullets started coming their way? They are so so stupid. I think the cops need to just back up, stay out of the areas and let them do themselves in.......it will implode. It can't happen too soon.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Don’t get mad when you don’t get the response that you expect if you act with such mannerisms. If you act like animals, with rudeness, and as if you have no respect, then believe me you will be treated as such. And when you do get treated that way, before you shout “racism”, “bias”, or “racial profiling” remember that the police react to your actions. Don’t ruin it for the rest of the black people who are trying to better themselves, or better yet, the black people in that specific area who are trying to better themselves. Just because your lives probably won’t go anywhere, doesn’t mean everyone else’s doesn’t have to. You’ve already shown that you don’t use “sir”, “please”, and “excuse me” so don’t expect anyone else to either.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Thugs.

les0060
les0060

“They kept us safe the whole time,” one of the women who was rescued said through tears. “The whole time, they kept us safe.” That is why we do the job!

Klu klux Kenny
Klu klux Kenny

We should let these savages police their own ghettos. Hate the police until they need them. Let these savages do their own street justice and kill themselves 1 at a time

Gramercy
Gramercy

Philly has a L-O-N-G way to go to become an "inhabitable" city! Wonder when RIGHT WILL PREVAIL!

Chad B
Chad B

This must be a section of the city that only hood rats inhabit and a state of anarchy is their only solution... can we put a dome over this area like they did in The Simpsons?

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"One irate man in a black t-shirt squared off with officers and waved his arms aggressively just feet away from them."

He was later identified as Ooga D. Booga,; a local resident of the community.

turtyle
turtyle

Who will these morons call when they need help?...after all, they live in Philly...

bill fuse
bill fuse

Funny how CBS early fake news cast yesterday, kinda forgot to mention the harassing of the LEOs?!?!?

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

If I were a Philly cop, I wouldn’t be doing shizz in those neighborhoods where those thugs live. Let that part of town become like “Escape from Philadelphia.” Fence it off, throw in a bag of guns and let the thugs kill each other off.

190
190

ANIMALS, Nothing but a bunch of F-in ANIMALS.

J10107
J10107

Appalling, just utterly appalling!!!

Classless, pitiful animals should be cheering for these police officers, instead of teaching their children how to act like repulsive savages.

The female who decided to push, and call the police officer a bitchass nigger should now charged with assault.

And the other male acting like a fool and taunting the officers should also be charged.

As a Philadelphia resident, I'm sorry to say that this activity is the norm and not the exception.

mike wauters
mike wauters

Planet of the Apes is happening right before your eyes.

Justgail
Justgail

And if any of the hecklers had been injured or shot guess who would have been blamed. At least the couple of women the officers rescued had the sense to acknowledge that the officers kept them safe. I was concerned about the man being held back from what looked like a full on attack on the officers. I don’t even want to acknowledge that the ones doing most of the harassment were female. I will leave it at that.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Uh - OH:

But Hill was not the intended target of law enforcement on Wednesday.

The Inquirer reports he wasn’t even located in the alleged “stash house” police were legally cleared for search. He was holed up in an adjacent property where officers reportedly saw what they believed to be drugs being transported. After entering the second property to perform a “safety sweep,” they immediately took fire from Hill.

“This is currently under investigation,” said police spokesperson Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'm glad this made national headlines. Lets the nation see the true black community. Sure they were throwing water over cops everywhere around the country, but this was taunting police during an active shooting, where 6 cops were shot already. Where are all the black leaders coming out to denounce this behavior? The silence is deafening.

Pressurecooker101
Pressurecooker101

Garbage people..maybethey should have went out and got the gunman what if it would have been six of them that got shot instead of six cops that is the most ridiculous should I've ever heard that people would do that and talk them like that. Sometimes I don't know what to think of people. Maybe they need to see horror. But I'll tell you what it won't work the opposite way around. I don't know what's happening at some of the time. But I do know this. They wouldn't want to fight some of the monsters that are out there. Let the cops take 3 months off or even a day off. Robin raping stealing would be rampant.

Annabanannabobanna
Annabanannabobanna

Neanderthals.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

DOUBLE UH-OH:

Maurice Hill, whom police targeted and now allege shot six officers, had no outstanding charges, nor was his address on the police warrant.

The alleged police search warrant was for a building two houses from 3716 North 15th Street where Hill rented an apartment. Police now claim they did a “safety sweep” and raided both houses at once because they believed “drugs or weapons” were going into Hill’s house “in a duffel bag.” (Inquirer.com, Aug. 15)

Police have offered no evidence that drugs were found in Hill’s apartment.

Police occupation in Tioga neighborhood in Philadelphia.

Lawyers with the Defender Association of Philadelphia point out that police officers searching a property without a warrant could constitute an illegal search.

In the same article, DAP attorney Bradley Bridge said that officers “would need to get a warrant for the second location. That’s what the Fourth Amendment mandates.” He noted that extenuating or emergency circumstances could possibly justify failure to obtain a warrant, but allegedly witnessing someone carry a duffel bag (contents unknown) into a house does not constitute an emergency.