PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A gunman barricaded himself inside a Philadelphia rowhouse for 7 and a half hours, firing on police and wounding six in a standoff that trapped two officers and paralyzed a neighborhood, all while the commissioner and the shooter’s attorney tried to negotiate a surrender.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross expressed amazement that the standoff, which began Wednesday when officers attempted to serve a drug warrant, ended with no one dead and no life-threatening injuries, despite the gunman firing over 100 rounds.
It “could have been far worse,” Ross said Thursday outside the Philadelphia Police Department. “This was a very dynamic situation, one that I hope we never see again.”
The gunman came out of the home after police used tear gas. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and then placed in custody.
As officers flooded the scene, the situation grew chaotic at times. Police took to Twitter to