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Police rescued after six officers wounded in Philadelphia shootout


Added 08-15-19 12:10:02am EST - “A SWAT team rescued two police officers and three civilians trapped inside a Phi...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Police rescued after six officers wounded in Philadelphia shootout”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - A SWAT team rescued two police officers and three civilians trapped inside a Philadelphia house with an active gunman after a shootout in which six officers were wounded, police said on Wednesday.

The gunman remained barricaded inside the home, with police urging him to surrender and media reporting he was armed with a semi-automatic rifle similar to the popular AK-47 style and several handguns.

Police moved in about five hours into the standoff that began after the gunman opened fire on officers as they served a drugs warrant inside the north Philadelphia home.

SWAT officers used stealth to rescue the officers and three suspects inside the house without the gunman knowing they had entered the home, said Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross.

“We’ve gone from a hostage situation to a barricade because all the hostages were taken out safely,” Ross told reporters.

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