Gunman in custody in Philadelphia after shooting at drug police

McSwain left unleashed a torrent of criticism directed at Krasner on Thursday

McSwain left unleashed a torrent of criticism directed at Krasner on Thursday

The gunman fired intermittently at police - sometimes shooting out of a window - during the standoff, Ross said. The exchange of shots fired between the suspect and the police lasted for hours.

McSwain became the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania after being nominated by President Donald Trump in 2018. Six officers are in stable condition after being injured in a shooting.

As the sun set and the standoff dragged on, the mayor said he was listening to police radio transmissions.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he was thankful that officers' injuries weren't life-threatening.

"They were fearless. They were running towards heavy gunfire", Jim Kenney told a news conference on Thursday. He was placed into custody.

The officers and suspects were pulled out of the home safely, Ross said.

Moments later, a possibly wounded officer rolled out of the doorway.

Police implored the gunman to surrender, at one point patching in his lawyer on the phone with him to try to persuade him to give up, Ross said.

Heather Mac Donald, conservative commentator and author of the 2016 book "The War on Cops", called the harassment of the officers a "part of an ongoing delegitimization of law enforcement".

Krasner told reporters Thursday that Maurice Hill has not yet been charged, but he will face "more than enough charges, so Mr. Maurice Hill may never exit jail".

He had been in and out of prison since 2002 for charges of illegal possession of firearms and aggravated assault, reported Fox 29.

A SWAT team rescued two police officers and three civilians who were trapped in the house with the suspect, police said on Wednesday.

Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross said officers had repeatedly tried to contact the suspect. Krasner said Hill should not have been on the streets but stopped short of saying there was any specific failure by law enforcement.

Johnson praised police for their handling of the situation. They were later released from local hospitals.

Ross tells the news site that he appreciated the attorney's help, but it was ultimately the tear gas that ended the ordeal.

"They kept us safe the whole time, the whole time, they kept us safe", one woman said of the officers.

In a now deleted Facebook page, Heavy.com reports he went by the name Maurice Hill-Gruff and he wrote that he attended John Bartram High School, which is located in Southwest Philadelphia. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

"This guy is clearly a criminal ... he had apparently a long record". The standoff began after officers attempted to execute a search warrant at Hill's rowhouse. An officer on the dispatch audio says the suspect was "shooting from inside a kitchen".

According to the Inquirer, Hill has "a lengthy history of gun convictions and of resisting attempts to bring him to justice". "They were astute enough and fearless enough and wise enough to say do not come in here", Ross said.

Police promised Johnson that if Hill was apprehended without injury, that he would be able to speak to Hill before he was taken into custody.

Police moved in about five hours into the standoff, which began after the gunman opened fire on officers as they served a drugs warrant in the city's Nicetown-Tioga neighbourhood.

The standoff stretched from 4:30 p.m local time until little after midnight.

Six officers were shot, but have been released from hospitals.

After the two officers made it out of the house, Ross told reporters, "We've gone from a hostage situation to a barricade".

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