At least six police officers injured in Philadelphia shooting

  • 11:55 15 August 2019

At least six police officers injured in Philadelphia shooting

At least six police officers received gunshot wounds in a shootout in the north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) said in a Twitter post, ONA reports quoting TASS.

The shootout, which began at about 16:30 local time on Wednesday (23:30 Moscow time).

"SIX (6) PPD Officers shot - at area hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Additional officers also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries," police said without elaborating about the nature of those injuries.

It is early reported that at least one of the officers was injured in a car accident as he was driving to the scene. Originally, police arrived to the area as part of an ongoing drug-related investigation.

Unnamed police sources told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the suspect was livestreaming on Facebook, but the stream is now over. Police Commissioner Richard Ross told the paper two officers remain trapped inside the house. He did not elaborate on whether those officers sustained any injuries.

Ross later told reporters that the shooter refused to negotiate or lay down arms.

Another suspect was reported to be earlier detained nearby.

US President Donald Trump was informed about the incident, the White House press service said.