The suspect who shot six police officers in “an active firefight” in Philadelphia has been identified as a 36-year-old felon with an extensive criminal history for weapons offenses.
At least six police officers were shot on Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section. The officers were taken to Temple University Hospital.
The officers are expected to survive their encounter with the barricaded active shooter. “The officers and additional prisoners that were inside of the house with the shooter were safely evacuated,” the police commissioner said, via Twitter. Police also revealed that “all six officers who were shot have been released from area hospitals. One officer is being admitted for injuries sustained in a vehicle crash related to the incident.”
At about 7 p.m., Eric Gripp, of Philadelphia police public affairs, wrote on Twitter, “Suspect is still firing. SIX (6) PPD Officers shot – at area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Additional officers also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries. Continue to avoid the area. The situation is active and ongoing.” A half-hour before that, he wrote: “Suspect is still firing. STAY OUT OF THE AREA.”
At one point, police officers were trapped inside the house where the suspect was barricaded, authorities confirmed. There was a major law enforcement response to the Nicetown section of Philadelphia where the shooting erupted. Kenney said that, at one point, officers who were still inside the residence were “whispering upstairs because they didn’t want the shooter to know where they were located.”
The police commissioner said he hadn’t seen anything like it “in years.”
Maurice Hill surrendered Wednesday night after shooting six police officers and a 7-hour-long standoff.
As a felon, Maurice Hill was legally barred from possessing a firearm; in fact, he was previously convicted in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Over the years, many criminal charges ended up not being prosecuted by authorities, including firearms offenses and accusations of reckless endangerment.
Hill has a drug history as well.
Hill has been arrested around a dozen times, the Inquirer reported, with six convictions for things like “illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault.” He’s served prison time, and has an escape and resisting arrest conviction. He “beat criminal charges on everything from kidnapping to attempted murder,” the Inquirer reports. Those charges have been confirmed through state court records. Here’s a lengthy docket sheet of his 2012 case for perjury. It shows multiple accusations of probation violation.
The attempted murder charge was withdrawn, the records show.
In 2008, he was convicted of firearms violations in federal court because he was a felon barred from owning firearms. Federal court records say he was “convicted in a court of the State of Pennsylvania of a crime” for possessing a Taurus PT .45 semi-automatic fully loaded.
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