Philadelphia Shooting: Gunman Injured Six Police Officers

A suspect has been taken into custody after injuring six officers in a shootout in the US city of Philadelphia.

The officers were serving a drugs warrant at a home  when the gunman opened fire.

The suspect barricaded himself inside a building during the operation in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tiago neighbourhood, when officers entered the home to serve a search warrant and were met with gunfire.

The suspect was reportedly armed with a semi-automatic rifle and several handguns.

Two officers and three other people who had been trapped in the building with the shooter were freed after several hours.

A seventh officer, who was injured in a car crash while responding to the shooting, remains in the hospital.

The suspect’s identity has not yet been released.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the Swat team “were able to use stealth” to safely evacuate the officers from a “hostage situation”.

US President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said.

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