Suspect Surrenders After 7 Hours Shotout with Police.

 

An armed suspect accused of wounding six officers in north Philadelphia during a nearly eight-hour standoff surrendered early Thursday, officials said.

According to officials. the gunfire began Wednesday afternoon as police tried to serve an arrest warrant to Maurice Hill. Shortly after midnight, police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted that a suspect was in custody and that SWAT officers were clearing the house.

Police on the scene said that the suspect surrendered without incident. The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment because police had used tear gas, The Associated Press reported.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said Wednesday night.

Police were serving the warrant at the house in the northern part of the city when a gunman opened fire. Two officers were trapped upstairs for hours before they were safely freed along with three others by SWAT officers, the police commissioner said.

In a press conference early Thursday, Ross said the suspect had prior arrests, but his office is not discussing the details of the charges at this time.

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