An hours-long police standoff in Philadelphia, that included six police officers being shot, finally ended after the suspect decided to surrender. The city of Philadelphia is back to normal now thanks to the end of a situation that originally centered around a tip involving drug activity.
According to @blavity, 36-year-old Maurice Hill surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody in the early hours of Thursday morning, after a brief stop at Temple University Hospital for evaluation. The police standoff lasted for nearly eight hours and during that time Hill shot six police officers, who luckily sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Police initially responded to a call in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood in suburban Philadelphia to investigate on a narcotics warrant. Upon arrival, they discovered that Hill had barricaded himself in a building with several hostages and exchanged gunfire with the police, which is how the six officers sustained their gunshot wounds.
Once Hill began firing shots with an AK-47 several officers began to run, with some managing to escape through nearby windows. However, not all were successful, specifically two officers who were trapped with Hill’s other hostages. The actual gunfight lasted for almost an hour, but the standoff continued for several hours after. It was Hill’s lawyer, Shaka Johnson, who was given a deadline by police before they ended negotiations.
Following a local SWAT team deploying tear gas, Hill eventually walked out of the building to surrender and the hostages were also freed with no injuries. Johnson stated that he doesn’t believe that his client intended for things to spiral so far out of control, but Hill’s long criminal history says otherwise.
Authorities speculate that Hill will likely be charged with six counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault for his involvement in the Philadelphia shooting