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6 Philly cops shot during shootout, one suspect captured on video, 2 cops trapped inside
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Philadelphia police experienced an active shooter situation in North Philly's Nicetown-Tioga section today and six cops were shot. All are expected to survive the standoff/firefight that lasted at least three hours into the night, going on the fourth hour.
NBC Philadelphia stated that two officers were still trapped inside of a home around 8 p.m., working into the 4th hour of the standoff and shootout. Officials were trying to get the remaining gunman to surrender and at least one suspect was captured and tossed in a cop car. The first suspect was captured early into the situation.
"We have a very volatile situation unfolding," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. "There is no indication [the gunman] is trying to surrender."
A narcotics officer tried serving a warrant at a house near North 15th and West Butler.
Cops ran upstairs and there was a gunman downstairs with an Ak-47 who shot through the ceiling. Cops shot back and some of the officers made it out of the windows or doors upstairs. That's when the shootout and standoff happened.
As officers rushed upstairs, a gunman waiting downstairs with an AK-47 fired several rounds through the ceiling. Police returned fire while several officers escaped through windows and doors. An hours-long standoff ensued."
As of 8 p.m. tonight the shooter was still inside and not captured yet.
"He continues to fire rounds out of the window … so this situation is in no way resolved," Ross said. "He can end this peacefully."
"It was like a war - like a scene that you see in war," a resident told NBC10. "The guns, the fire, the noise - it was like bombs going off simultaneously at a time where people are having dinner."
"Officer calls for everything you got. SWAT, long gun," a law enforcement officer can be heard saying on the audio. "I got an officer shot."
NBC 10's report tells of cops taking position behind cars and calling for backup, asking for everything they can get to get the situation under control.