PHILADELPHIA (AP/CBS) — At least six police officers were shot in what police called an “active and ongoing” hourslong standoff in Philadelphia, authorities said. Two officers who had been trapped in the building with the shooter were freed after several hours but the standoff continued, police said.
After three hours, Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the situation was “in no way resolved.”
Ross said they are trying to communicate with a “single male” suspect. Police spokesperson Eric Gripp tweeted earlier that police are “imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries.”
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a Wednesday night update that the city’s officers need help.
“They need help. They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands.”
Commissioner Ross says all six officers have been released and going home to their families.
“Somebody upstairs was watching over these cops today. Six cops, all shot, and they’re all released and going home to their families,” Ross said.
Several Philadelphia police officers were shot Wednesday afternoon in what is being called an “active and ongoing” shooting situation in the city.
Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted there was at least one suspect firing at police officers in the city’s Nicetown neighborhood.
A police spokesman confirmed the shooting but offered no other information.
Live video from news stations shows a massive police presence in a neighborhood with dozens of police cars and officers, many of them with their guns drawn.
Gunshots are continuing to be heard late Wednesday afternoon.
One officer appeared injured and was taken away in a police car. Video also showed two other officers carrying a man and putting him in the back of a police car.
Gripp said officers were taken to Temple University Hospital. But the hospital wouldn’t provide the officers’ conditions.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said numerous agents are responding to the scene to assist Philadelphia police.
Police are asking that news helicopters stay away from the area as they are hindering operations.
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