Only after lengthy negotiations did the US authorities convince the suspect to surrender.
A gunman opened fire on the police when they showed up at his home in northern Philadelphia with a narcotics search warrant.
According to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, the “operation began badly almost immediately” with many officers having to “escape through the windows and doors of the house to escape the bullets.”
According to the Associated Press, six police officers were soon injured and had to be transported to the hospital. Two others were taken hostage. The suspect barricaded himself at home with the agents and followed a long standoff that lasted several hours. To get an idea, the shooting started at 4:30 pm local time (9:30 pm) and lasted into the night.
Negotiations took place with a SWAT team, which managed to convince the suspect after a few hours to release the two agents holding hostages. During this standoff, part of the campus of Temple University was closed as a precaution and several children and staff were closed in a garden inf â INSTANCE near the scene of the shooting.
Police urged the gunman to surrender and even put him in contact with his lawyer to persuade him to surrender.
It was early Thursday morning that Philadelphia Police Sergeant Eric Gripp announced that the suspect had surrendered and was detained by the authorities.
The injured policemen have already left the hospital. The Philadelphia Police Commissioner considered it a “miracle” that several agents “had not died” during this operation.