6 Philadelphia Police Officers Shot During Gun Battle In Nicetown-Tioga Section, Sources Say Suspect Live-Streamed Parts Of Shootout


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — At least six Philadelphia police officers were shot during a gun battle in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section and rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, authorities say. Another officer was injured in a car crash while heading to the scene. The scene is still active as the shooter is still armed inside a home.

Update: I’m on the scene now. 6th Officer has been injured. News crews are working together and moving our choppers from the scene as to not give the shooter(s) an opportunity to know where tactical units are positioned. Frequent gunshots continue. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/eU969d0WfE
— Alexandria Hoff (@AlexandriaHoff) August 14, 2019

The officers were taken to local hospitals. Police tell CBS3 that the injuries the officers sustained are believed to be non-life-threatening.
Sources tell CBS3 the suspect was live-streaming some of the shootout while he barricaded himself inside a building. The source says authorities are working to shut the live-stream down.

Officers are trying to communicate with the shooter in attempts to get him to surrender. Four women were escorted by SWAT and Philadelphia Police from the scene. They told CBS3 that they were inside the home on the second floor at the time of the shootout and that police saved them.

“I thank God for these cops,” one woman said.

Officers are attempting to communicate with the shooter; imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries.
— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) August 14, 2019

Gunfire erupted when a warrant was being served at the location on the 3700 block of North 15th Street around 4:30 p.m., police say. Officers were first called to the scene for narcotics activity, according to Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.
PHOTOS: Chaotic Scene Unfolds As 6 Philadelphia Police Officers Shot During Gun Battle In Nicetown-Tioga
The gun battle between police and the suspect is still active. CBS3’s Greg Argos has learned the suspect has a long rifle gun and people outside their homes are being pushed back as the standoff continues.

Sources tell CBS3 that the scene was sheer chaos as officers were taking fire. Video from Chopper 3 shows officers with guns drawn at the scene. You can hear multiple gun shots during Argos’ report.
WATCH: CBS3 Cameras Capture Volleys Of Gunfire Erupting After 6 Philly Police Officers Shot In Nicetown-Tioga

BREAKING: We just arrived to Temple University Hospital where multiple officers were transported after being shot in North Philadelphia. It is a very active scene here and we’re working to determine the condition of the officers. At least 5 officers injured. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/ULWTk4cHpA
— Kimberly Davis CBS3 (@KimberlyDavisTV) August 14, 2019

Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross are heading to Temple University Hospital to be with the injured officers.
Chopper 3 was over the scene where police could be seen taking a suspect into custody. It’s not clear what the his role was in the incident.

The scene of the shooting is right down the street from Temple Hospital.

Shooting incident 3700 N 15th Street. Suspect/(s) firing at police. Large police presence. AVOID AREA
— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) August 14, 2019

Several blocks around the scene have been cordoned off. Most of North Philadelphia is in gridlock due to the police presence.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation.

Lockdown for HSC campus has been lifted. All populations must avoid the incident scene and remain south of Venango St. Allied Security and Temple Police will assist.
— Temple University (@TempleUniv) August 14, 2019

Temple University says the lockdown at the Health Sciences Center Campus has been lifted.
SEPTA’s Broad Street Line trains are bypassing Erie, Allegheny and Hunting Park stations until further notice. The express trains will make courtesy stops at North Philadelphia station.
SEPTA bus routes 23, 53, 56, H and XH are currently on detour.
Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates on this developing story.

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