US gunman in custody after lengthy standoff

World | 15 Aug 2019 1:36 pm

A gunman who opened fire on police Wednesday as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six police and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, is in police custody, authorities said. 
Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said early Thursday morning that the man was taken into custody after an hourslong standoff with police. 
The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. as police  went to a home in a north Philadelphia neighborhood of brick and stone rowhomes to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation "that went awry almost immediately,'' Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. 
The six police who were struck by gunfire have been released from hospitals, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said. 
Two others were trapped inside the house for about five hours after the shooting broke out but were freed by a SWAT team well after darkness fell on the residential neighborhood. Three people that officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated. 
Temple University locked down part of its campus, and several children and staff were trapped for some time in a nearby day care. 
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. 

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