Police in active standoff with shooter who has wounded six Philadelphia officers

Posted: 5:20 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 17:21:39-04

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Police are in a standoff with a suspect who shot six officers on Wednesday in a North Philadelphia neighborhood.

Two officers who have been trapped inside the house have been safely evacuated, according to the Philadelphia PD.

More than two hours after the standoff began, officers who swarmed to the scene were attempting to communicate with the shooter, "imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries," Sgt. Eric Gripp, a spokesman for the department's public affairs office, said on Twitter.

The officers' injuries were non-life threatening, Gripp said. He said other officers were being treated for non-gunshot injuries. They have since been released from the hospital.

Police were first called to the Nicetown-Tiago neighborhood for drug activity, Capt. Sekou Kinebrew told CNN affiliate KYW.

Video from a news helicopter showed more than 50 police vehicles at the scene.

The video also showed police officers kneeling and crouching behind various cars with guns drawn.

Just around 6:30 p.m. ET more gunfire could be heard at the scene.

"Suspect is still firing... Continue to avoid area," Gripp said in a Tweet.

Gripp also asked media helicopters to "pull back."

President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said.