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August 26, 2019

Gunman captured after shooting six Philadelphia officers

Police in the U.S. city of Philadelphia arrested a suspect early Thursday after an hour-long standoff that left six officers with gunshot injuries that were not life-threatening.

A spokesman said after police took the suspect into custody, officers worked to clear the house in the city’s Nicetown neighborhood where the gunman had barricaded himself.

The situation began Wednesday when an officer went to the address to serve a warrant.

Two police officers were trapped inside the house with the gunman for more than four hours before being safely evacuated.

Authorities attempted to communicate with the gunman, including making multiple phone calls, but said that while he did answer the calls, he did not say anything.

The police spokesman said all six officers who sustained gunshot wounds had been released from local hospitals by late Wednesday. One other officer was admitted for treatment of injuries that came in a vehicle crash related to the barricade around the scene.
The shooting prompted a lockdown at the nearby Temple University Health Sciences Center Campus, which issued a warning via Twitter. (VOA)

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