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Detroit PD responds after Tlaib crudely attacks their use of facial recognition technology

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., got an invitation Tuesday to observe her hometown police department’s use of facial recognition technology soon after she crudely attacked the controversial tool on Twitter.

“You should probably rethink this whole facial recognition bulls—,” Tlaib tweeted at the Detroit police department early on Tuesday.

Her comment came as she promoted news that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called for a ban on the technology, which received some bad press during the summer.

Later on Tuesday morning, the police department responded to Tlaib’s tweet by inviting her to see how the technology worked in identifying criminals involved in violent offenses.

MICROSOFT CALLS FOR FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY RULES GIVEN POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE

“Before you criticize the software, come to our Real Time Crime Center to see how we @detroitpolice responsibly use it in efforts to identify criminals involved in violent crimes. Let’s set a date,” the department tweeted.

Tlaib followed up by accepting the invitation but asked the department to review data that she said revealed the technology’s flaws.

“I would ask that you please review the 2 @OversightDems hearings … on facial recognition & see the indisputable data that it’s flawed,” she said.

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Although the department didn’t respond over Twitter, it “liked” Tlaib’s tweet. Tlaib had linked to an Oversight Committee hearing on the tool.

Back in June, the Michigan congresswoman called for a ban on the technology until the federal government did a better job of addressing it.

“There just seems to be a lot of unanswered questions,” she previously told Michigan Radio. “That to me is very much calling for a moratorium and back off in using this technology until we do something about it on the federal level.”

In July, the American Civil Liberties Union reported that when it tested Amazon’s facial recognition techology, it identified almost 30 lawmakers as police suspects. The identified lawmakers were disproportionately people of color.

While the technology has raised concerns about false arrests, Detroit police chief James Craig has insisted his department only used it when they had an “articulable reasonable suspicion” the suspect committed a crime.

“DPD does not violate the constitutional rights of citizens,” he reportedly said. “As emphasized in our policies, the facial recognition software is only utilized within the ambits and parameters of the law to assist law enforcement in reports of criminal activity.”

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He was responding to a Georgetown University report which warned that the technology “affords police the ability to scan live video from cameras located at businesses, health clinics, schools, and apartment buildings.”

The report’s authors said: “It’s tempting to think that it is a remote, future concern for the United States. But for the millions of people living in Detroit and Chicago, face surveillance may be an imminent reality.”

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Suspect accused of shooting 6 Philadelphia cops during standoff charged with attempted murder

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The man accused of shooting six Philadelphia police officers during a seven-hour standoff on Wednesday has been charged with attempted murder, authorities said.

Maurice Hill, 36, faces multiple counts of attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault and reckless endangering, FOX 29 reported Saturday. Hill is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5.

Hill began firing on officers on Wednesday as they were serving a narcotics warrant, a situation which Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross has said. “went awry almost immediately.”

Police say Hill fired more than 100 rounds throughout the course of the hours-long standoff, which ended early Thursday when Hill surrendered after police deployed tear gas. Ross has expressed amazement that the standoff ended with no deaths and no life-threatening injuries

PHILADELPHIA STANDOFF: POLICE DISPATCH AUDIO REVEALS TENSE MOMENTS DURING HOURS-LONG ORDEAL

The six Philadelphia cops who were shot and wounded were taken to area hospitals and later released Wednesday night.

Hill has an extensive criminal record that includes multiple arrests in Philadelphia and adjacent Delaware County between 2001 and 2012, according to online records. His criminal convictions include assault, perjury, fleeing and eluding, escape and weapons offenses.

Hill served three stints in state prisons, with one of those coming on account of a probation violation. He was also sentenced to 55 months in federal prison term over a pair of convictions for being a felon in possession of firearms.

The suspect allegedly used a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun during the shooting, weapons authorities say he should not have been allowed to legally obtain due to his record..

AUTHORITIES RELEASE NAMES OF 6 COPS WOUNDED IN PHILADELPHIA STANDOFF

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Four other men were charged with drug offenses in connection with the standoff; two were trapped in the house along with the gunman and two Philadelphia police officers.

The paper reported that Hill was arraigned via video conference. He sat with arms crossed and head down, responding “I guess” when asked whether he understood the charges.

“I am not an immediate danger,” he said after a prosecutor argued for denial of bail.

The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when Hill allegedly opened fire on officers who were serving a warrant for his arrest.

The officers had to quickly flee the spray of bullets by escaping through windows and doors, Ross said.

Two officers remained trapped inside the house until about 9:30 p.m., along with three hostages. A SWAT team freed the officer and others, but Hill remained inside.

Hill’s lawyer, Shaka Johnson, said Hill called him during the standoff asking for help surrendering. Johnson then called Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, and they patched in both Hill and the police commissioner, according to Krasner.

Hill told Johnson he wanted to make it out alive to see his newborn daughter and teenage son again. Krasner told the Inquirer that when Hill asked what kind of punishment he would face, the district attorney responded “25 years.”

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“Then he said 20 and I said OK,” said Krasner, who explained to the paper that this apparent agreement was “bulls–t from the beginning.”

“I would have gone roller skating with the man if that would have gotten him out of there,” joked Krasner, who added that the suspect appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of prescription drugs during the standoff.

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Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson arrested on eve of Portland, Ore., protests

The leader of a conservative group was arrested Friday in Portland, Ore., one day before planned protests involving supporters of the far-left Antifa movement and supporters of several conservative groups.

Joey Gibson, leader of Portland-based Patriot Prayer, turned himself in to authorities in connection with an arrest warrant for rioting, stemming from a violent clash in the city on May 1, according to the Associated Press. He was later released after posting bail, with further legal action pending.

In a video posted on Facebook, Gibson accused police of targeting conservative groups for arrests but not members of Antifa, even though masked Antifa supporters have been seen on videos engaging in violence during past protests.

FBI TO ASSIST IN PORTLAND AS CITY BRACES FOR DUELING ANTIFA, RIGHT-WING PROTESTS

Gibson asserted that authorities were trying to intimidate conservatives who planned to protest Saturday.

“They want you to not show up in Portland, they want to put fear in your hearts,” Gibson said.

“They want you to not show up in Portland, they want to put fear in your hearts.”

— Joey Gibson, Patriot Prayer

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Patriot Prayer founder and rally organizer Joey Gibson speaks to his followers at a rally in Portland, Ore., Aug. 4, 2018. (Associated Press)

He also asked conservative protesters to refrain from violence Saturday.

“Force them to arrest you for being peaceful,” he said.

“Force them to arrest you for being peaceful.”

— Joey Gibson, Patriot Prayer

GABRIEL NADALES: ANTIFA VIOLENCE FEARED IN PORTLAND SATURDAY — GROUP MUST BE CONDEMNED AND EXPOSED

Gibson, 35, was not connected to the events planned for Saturday but had organized Portland rallies that turned violent in 2017 and 2018, the report said.

Separately, a conservative group called the Oath Keepers has decided it will not participate Saturday, saying it did not believe organizers had done enough to discourage white supremacists from showing up.

Portland authorities have been taking steps intended to minimize the chances that Saturday’s demonstrations repeat the violence of past events. Personnel from more than two-dozen law enforcement agencies – representing local, state and federal government – are involved in trying to maintain order during the demonstrations, the AP reported.

“I’m confident that from a law enforcement perspective, we’re going to have all the tools and the resources and personnel we need,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime.”

The mayor, a Democrat, has drawn criticism over the city’s handling of past protests.

In June, conservative writer Andy Ngo was hospitalized after being attacked by Antifa supporters at a Portland demonstration.

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On Friday, Ngo told “Fox & Friends” that he feared Saturday’s event “has the potential to be a powder keg.”

Precautions being taken in Portland for Saturday include plans by many downtown businesses to close for the day, as well as the planned closure of the Hawthorne Bridge, which connects eastern Portland to the downtown area, across the Willamette River, OregonLive reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Authorities release names of 6 cops wounded in Philadelphia standoff

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Philadelphia Police Thursday identified the six officers who were wounded the day before in a harrowing shootout that lasted more than seven hours.

Joshua Burkitt, 26, a two-year veteran, was shot in the left hand. Michael Guinter, 32, a 12-year veteran, was shot in both arms. Shaun Parker, 32, an 11-year veteran, suffered a graze wound to the head. Nathaniel Harper, 43, a 19-year veteran, was shot in the left leg. Ryan Waltman, 42, a 12-year veteran, was shot in the right hand. Justin Matthews, 31, a 3-year veteran sustained a graze wound to the left leg.

All six officers were treated and released from local hospitals Wednesday night.

PHILADELPHIA STANDOFF: POLICE DISPATCH AUDIO REVEALS TENSE MOMENTS DURING HOURS-LONG ORDEAL

The standoff began Wednesday when officers attempted to serve a drug warrant, and ended shortly after midnight Thursday when the suspect suffered after firing more than 100 rounds.

The suspect was identified by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner as Maurice Hill, 36. Krasner said Hill had an extensive criminal history, including drug, gun and robbery charges. Krasner said Hill should not have been on the streets but stopped short of saying there was any specific failure by law enforcement.

“I think it’s fair to say the criminal justice system, imperfect as it is, did not stop this terrible incident,” he told reporters at a news conference Thursday.

PHILADELPHIA POLICE SHOOTING SUSPECT HAS ‘EXTENSIVE’ CRIMINAL HISTORY, POLICE SAY

Pennsylvania prison officials said a man with the same name and date of birth served about 2½ years on drug charges before being paroled in 2006 and served more than a year for aggravated assault and before being released in 2013.

State court online court records indicate that man had multiple arrests in Philadelphia and adjacent Delaware County between 2001 and 2012, producing convictions for crimes including perjury, fleeing and eluding, escape and weapons offenses.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain told reporters that Hill was prohibited from possessing firearms because of past convictions.

Hill’s lawyer, Shaka Johnson, said Hill called him during the standoff asking for help surrendering. Johnson then called Krasner, and the two men patched in both Hill and the police commissioner, according to Krasner.

Hill told Johnson he wanted to make it out alive to see his newborn daughter and teenage son again.

President Trump weighed in on the shootout Thursday morning, saying the gunman “should never have been allowed to be on the streets.”

“He had a long and very dangerous criminal record,” he wrote in the tweet. “Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police. Long sentence — must get much tougher on street crime!”

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McSwain said Thursday that the standoff was precipitated by a disrespect for law enforcement that the district attorney Krasner is championing.

“This vile rhetoric puts our police in danger,” McSwain said, adding that Krasner “routinely calls police and prosecutors corrupt and racist.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US Attorney slams Philadelphia DA, says he’ll give ‘adult supervision’ after police shootout

The U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, William McSwain, slammed city District Attorney Larry Krasner Thursday, imploring him to “stop making excuses for criminals” and to give strong consideration to attempted murder charges for the suspect who wounded six police officers during a nearly eight-hour-long shootout that began on Wednesday afternoon.

Although the incident remains under investigation, McSwain, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said at a news conference that his office is “going to be providing some adult supervision” to Krasner’s to determine what charges the suspect should face.

PHILADELPHIA SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER HOURS-LONG ORDEAL THAT LEFT 6 OFFICERS WOUNDED

McSwain blamed Krasner for fostering what he called an environment of “disrespect for law enforcement” that emboldened the gunman to open fire at officers from the Philadelphia Police Department’s Narcotics Strike Force who were attempting to serve a warrant in the Nicetown neighborhood.

“Where does such disrespect come from?” McSwain said. “It started with chants at the DA’s victory party- chants of ‘F— the police’ and ‘No good cops in a racist system.’

McSwain called Krasner’s rhetoric “the worst kinds of slander against law enforcement,” and added, “the DA routinely calls police and prosecutors corrupt and racist, even ‘war criminals’ that he compares to Nazis.”

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McSwain, left, unleashed a torrent of criticism directed at Krasner on Thursday. (AP, File)

“We have plenty of criminal laws in this City- but what we don’t have is robust enforcement by the District Attorney,” said McSwain, a former Marine whom President Trump appointed as district attorney in April of last year.

At a separate news conference earlier Thursday, Krasner attempted to point the finger at the city’s police union and previous police commissioners in an attempt to deflect heat about why Maurice Hill, the suspected gunman who had a long rap sheet of prior criminal offenses, was out on the streets.

“I don’t think it’s fair to expect some level of perfect knowledge on the part of police or prosecutors but it is obvious looking at the actions taken here that this was someone who needed to be off the streets,” Krasner said.

PHILADELPHIA POLICE PELTED WITH OBJECTS, TAUNTED DURING HARROWING SHOOTOUT, STANDOFF: REPORTS

Krasner said it was “pretty obvious” that Hill would face charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault in the first degree, and other offenses related to firearm and drug possession, as well as possible conspiracy, although charges have not been yet been brought due to the ongoing investigation.

Two officers were barricaded in a multi-family home with several hostages as the gunman fired hundreds of rounds of ammunition through the ceiling of the house and out the windows at responding officers from multiple law enforcement agencies, striking SWAT vehicles and neighboring homes, according to police.

Those officers and the hostages later were freed, apparently unharmed.

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Six officers were shot and rushed to Temple University Hospital and Einstein Hosptial where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released the same night.

Two other officers, including a police sergeant, were injured in an accident related to the emergency response and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The gunman was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and several handguns, officials told Fox News.

“It is very troubling that somebody like this was able to do what he did last night,” McSwain said.

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Washington state trooper finds driver playing ‘Pokemon Go’ on 8 phones

This driver clearly wanted to catch them all.

Authorities in Washington state said a state trooper who pulled over Tuesday to help what he thought was a disabled vehicle instead found a motorist playing “Pokemon Go” on eight different phones.

Washington State Trooper Rick Johnson said on Twitter the driver was stopped on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of Highway 518 in Burien, located just south of Seattle.

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Johnson, a spokesman for the patrol, shared a photo of what Sgt. Kyle Smith discovered in the vehicle: a blue foam square with the eight phones lying in special cutouts.

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Washington State Patrol Sgt. Kyle Smith discovered a driver along the side of a highway playing “Pokemon Go” on eight phones on Tuesday, acording to police. (WSP Trooper Rick Johnson)

“Driver agreed to put phones in back seat and continued his commute with eight less distractions,” Johnson said.

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Smith did not issue a ticket because he did not observe the car moving while the driver was using the phones, according to Johnson.

The sergeant, however, did advise the motorist not to stop along the highway shoulder unless there was an emergency.

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Philadelphia police shooting suspect has ‘extensive’ criminal history, commissioner says

The man accused of opening fire on Philadelphia police officers, wounding six and triggering an hours-long standoff that stretched into the night, has been arrested at least a dozen times since turning 18 — a rap sheet the city’s top cop described as an “extensive” criminal history.

With his hands in the air and a police light illuminating his every movement, alleged gunman Maurice Hill, 36, surrendered to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting the north Philadelphia neighborhood home he’d barricaded himself in.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who said he spent hours Wednesday negotiating with Hill over the phone, said the situation that unfolded “could have been far worse.”

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Maurice Hill surrendered to authorities just after midnight after the shooting and hours-long standoff. (Philadelphia Police Department/Bill Trenwith via AP)

“I am surprised he came out because he was indicating to some that he wasn’t going to do that and that he was not going back,” to prison, Ross told reporters early Thursday regarding some of Hill’s alleged statements. “Many of you have found out about his history. It’s very significant. In fact, he told me on the phone, he used the word ‘extensive,’ he had an extensive criminal history and that he knew the system. This is why he was making the outlandish demands he was making.”

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Court documents obtained by FOX29 show Hill’s lengthy criminal history, including a least a dozen arrests since he turned 18.

The 36-year-old has been in and out of prison since 2002 after convictions for such crimes as illegal possession of guns and aggravated assault, according to the documents obtained by FOX29.

In 2013, Hill was convicted of perjury and was sentenced to seven months of probation. Records obtained by FOX29 also showed dozens of serious charges over the years that were later withdrawn in court.

Hill also spent time in federal prison, pleading guilty to federal firearms violations in 2008 after he was caught with a Smith & Wesson .357 and a Taurus PT .45 semiautomatic, according to court records obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Prior felony convictions should have kept him from owning those weapons, and a federal judge sentenced him to four years and seven months in prison, the Inquirer reported.

Hill’s former attorney Shaka Johnson, who represented the 36-year-old in a number of previous cases over the past five years that were mostly of a drug-related nature, told FOX29 he answered the phone at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and heard Hill on the other end. Johnson said early Thursday that Hill’s first words on the phone were, “I need help.”

“They’re going to kill me. They’re going to kill me,” Johnson recalled Hill saying over the phone.

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A police officer patrols the block near a house as they investigate an active shooting situation, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke))

Johnson, who is a former SWAT officer, said his former client was concerned about his own safety, but also about the wellbeing of his family — including a newborn daughter. Johnson said the police commissioner gave him 30 minutes to convince his former client to surrender peacefully.

“Mr. Hill and I talked about this. They don’t typically, in scenarios like this, take black defendants into custody.  This is what he and I talked about on the phone,” Johnson told FOX29. “I said, ‘My man, this is looking pretty grave for you. The world is watching. That may be one of the things giving police some pause because the world is watching. Use this time wisely.’”

PHILADELPHIA STANDOFF: POLICE DISPATCH AUDIO REVEALS TENSE MOMENTS DURING HOURS-LONG ORDEAL

The shooting started around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after officers had entered a home to serve a narcotics warrant. The gunman and police traded shots for hours.

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Philadelphia police stage as they respond to an active shooting situation, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Six officers were shot, but have been released from hospitals. Two officers had been trapped in the house during the standoff but were safely evacuated. Ross said Thursday morning he does not believe the gunman knew two police officers were trapped upstairs in the home along with three civilians.

In addition to the phone call with the attorney, the city’s top cop said that the tear gas ultimately caused the gunman to come out early Thursday. The gunman was taken to a hospital for evaluation and then placed into custody.

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The shooting caused Temple University to lock down part of its campus, and several children and staff members were trapped for some time in a nearby daycare. Police have not yet announced formal charges against Hill in Wednesday’s shooting.

President Trump, who was briefed on the shooting, tweeted Thursday morning the shooter “should have never been on the streets.”

“He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police,” the president said. “Long sentence – must get much tougher on street crime!”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and Vandana Rambaran and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Philadelphia police pelted with objects, taunted during harrowing shootout, standoff: reports

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Onlookers were seen taunting and throwing things at Philadelphia police Wednesday night amid a wild shootout and subsequent standoff that saw six cops wounded, and video posted online shows one woman shoving a police officer making his way to the scene.

Philadelphia’s KYW-TV reporter Alexandria Hoff described on Twitter Wednesday night how a crowd of people bordering the blocked off active shooter scene allegedly harassed officers.

“I mentioned this at 10 and since I was harassed during that live shot, I’ll mention it here, too,” Hoff said on Twitter. “A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire.”

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“I should add — 98% of people here on scene were respectful and concerned. That moment was just such a startling thing to see in the middle of something so chaotic,” she added in a separate tweet.

In another video posted by Breaking911, one woman can be seen shoving an officer from behind as he passes through the crowd. Others in the crowd yell and throw objects at police as they enter the blocked off area amid the active standoff scene.

Several officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were serving a warrant at the multifamily home — in connection with what may have been a drug-related offense — when things “went awry almost immediately,” and the shooter opened fire, Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said.

The dramatic shootout in Philadelphia stretched on for more than eight hours as six officers were shot. Two officers were trapped on the second floor of the building as the gunman shot through the first-floor ceiling and outside at responding law enforcement.

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After withstanding more than five hours of gunfire, SWAT officers managed to get the two officers and three hostages out of the residence safely. The gunman eventually surrendered just after midnight Thursday, exiting the residence with his hands in the air and with a police light shining on him, surrounded by a cloud of tear gas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Philadelphia standoff: Police dispatch audio reveals tense moments during hours-long ordeal

Dramatic audio from police dispatchers reveals how two officers became trapped and six others were wounded as gunfire rang out during an hours-long standoff that turned one residential Philadelphia neighborhood upside down Wednesday.

Several officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were serving a warrant at the multifamily home — in connection with what may have been a drug-related offense — when things “went awry almost immediately,” and the shooter opened fire, police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said.

“We’ve got several shot officers. We’ve got an officer down. They’re still getting shot – shots fired,” a female dispatcher said shortly after the gunfire began around 4:30 p.m.

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“We’ve got several shot officers. We’ve got an officer down. They’re still getting shot – shots fired.” 

— Philadelphia police dispatcher

Several officers had entered the home and made their way to the rear of the property when a gunman, armed with an AK-47 rifle and several pistols, began to open fire. Some officers jumped out of windows to escape the barrage of bullets but two officers were trapped inside on the second floor.

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Officers gather for crowd control near a massive police presence set up outside a house as they investigate an active shooting situation, in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (Associated Press)

“I got an officer shot at this location in the leg!” one officer yelled to a police dispatcher.  “They’re saying the shooter is in the kitchen. We’ve got an officer down. Radio: I want Erie Avenue shut down – right now,” another dispatcher said, Philadelphia’s FOX 29 reported.

“I got an officer shot at this location in the leg! They’re saying the shooter is in the kitchen. We’ve got an officer down.”

— Police officer calling in to dispatcher

Dozens of officers responded in patrol cars. Six officers total were wounded in the gunfire and were rushed to local hospitals where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released. Police blocked off the streets around the scene. At least two other officers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries related to automobile accidents that resulted in the commotion to get to the scene.

Two officers barricaded

While most officers made it out of the home initially, two officers were barricaded in separate rooms on the second floor as the gunman on the first floor shot through the ceiling and outside widows at officers below.

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“Be advised. We’re still pinned down inside this location,” one of the officers said over radio around 5 p.m. “The male is inside the kitchen shooting upward and forward to the opposition of the police.”

“Be advised. We’re still pinned down inside this location. The male is inside the kitchen shooting upward and forward to the opposition of the police.”

— Officer heard on police radio

One officer was trapped in a back bedroom with a male and a female hostage. Another officer was trapped in a bathroom with a male hostage. The hostages had already been handcuffed by police at the time the shooting began.

“How you doing inside?” a police commander asked an officer inside, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “I got full ammo, ready to go,” the officer radioed back.

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Authorities stand outside a house as they investigate an active shooting situation, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

SWAT and hostage negotiators were called in. The two officers and three hostages managed to escape without being harmed with the help of the SWAT team around 10 p.m. as the standoff continued. Police eventually rescued four more women who were trapped on the second floor amid the gunfire.

Daycare center on lockdown

Hundreds of rounds of gunfire could be heard throughout the afternoon. A nearby daycare was placed under lockdown until law enforcement could evacuate 58 children and adults from the building, the Inquirer reported.

“We had to stay calm and collected, and get the children calm,” one daycare worker said.  “I’m just happy I got my daughter,” Shere Calhoun said as she caressed her 8-year-old’s head. “I didn’t want her to be a victim.”

“We had to stay calm and collected, and get the children calm. … I’m just happy I got my daughter. … I didn’t want her to be a victim.”

— Shere Calhoun, parent of 8-year-old

Police called in two city buses to hold the children whose parents had not arrived yet as the shootout continued blocks away. Temple University also placed its health and science campus, which includes the hospital, on lockdown.

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“Calm down, calm down,” an officer yelled as a parent ran down the block. “The kids are safe.”

Law enforcement tried to communicate with the suspect both over loudspeaker and on the phone to difuse the situation. The suspect’s girlfriend facilitated communication during the first call. A second three-way call transpired with the suspect, his attorney and police to urge the suspect he would not be hurt if he surrendered. After almost an eight-hour-long ordeal, the suspect surrendered to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting the residence with his hands in the air and with a police light shining on him, surrounded by a cloud of tear gas.

The Philadelphia Police Department didn’t officially released the name of the suspect, but unnamed police sources told the Inquirer that he was Maurice Hill, 36, of Philadelphia. Hill has a long criminal record, including several gun-related convictions and has been arrested for attempted murder and resisting arrest, the newspaper reported, citing court records.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Off-duty NYPD officer found dead in Queens, force’s ninth suicide this year

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A veteran officer with the New York Police Department was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday, becoming the ninth officer this year to commit suicide.

The 56-year-old officer, who worked for the department for more than 20 years, shot himself at his home in Laurelton, Queens, shortly after 6 p.m., police said.

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The officer was rushed to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

His death came just one day after an officer from nearby Yonkers killed himself.

The NYPD said, “We are saddened to announce that the NYPD has suffered another tragedy today with the loss of one of our officers to suicide.” The police department also urged officers to seek help for mental illness or depression.

“To anyone who may be struggling, know that there is support available,” the NYPD tweeted. “Behind each of these resources are people that care about your well-being.”

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, an off-duty officer who had been on the job for seven years with the Yonkers Police Department committed suicide at his home. Yonkers is a city of 200,000 residents, in Westchester County, just north of New York City.

Over 47,000 suicides were reported in the U.S. in 2017, or 14 per 100,000 people — the highest rate in at least half a century.

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In 2018, at least 159 officers died by suicide, 9 percent more than the total number of officers killed in the line of duty, according to Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit run by active and retired police officers.

New York City had one of the highest rates of officer suicides among major U.S. cities, with 10 officers reported dead as of Jan. 1, 2019.

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