A man accused of shooting six Philadelphia police officers and prompting an hourslong standoff Wednesday shouldn't have had a gun, the city's top prosecutor said.

"I think it's clear this man should not have been on the streets," Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Thursday.

"He was a felon before he was handling this weapon."

Authorities say Maurice Hill, 36, shot and wounded six officers as police attempted to serve a narcotics warrant on a row house Wednesday afternoon.

As they got toward the kitchen area, a gunman fired multiple rounds, forcing some officers to escape through the window, authorities said.

Others, including two officers, initially were trapped in the house with the gunman, prompting a SWAT team rescue.

As the shooter traded gunfire with police outside, bullets ricocheted on the pavement, sending officers crouching behind police cars.

The suspect surrendered outside almost eight hours after the standoff began.

"We do know this guy came actually outside with a gun ... so this could have been even more dangerous and volatile if not for the professionalism of SWAT" officers, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Mayor Jim Kenney said he's thankful no lives were lost, but is "a little angry about someone having all that weaponry and all that firepower."

"But we'll get to that another day," the mayor said. "It's about the officers and their families right now."

The six officers shot have been released from a hospital, police said.

The suspect has a 12-page criminal record with charges including burglary, aggravated assault and taunting a police animal. But only a minority of the charges resulted in convictions, such as one for aggravated assault.

'We've got a pretty horrible situation unfolding'

The shooting started about 4:30 p.m. after officers entered the home. More than three hours after the first shots, the suspect showed no signs of surrendering, police said.

Concern grew for two officers trapped in the house with the gunman as police cars and officers in tactical gear swarmed the neighborhood.

"We've got a pretty horrible situation unfolding, and you hear me say unfolding because it is not resolved," the police chief said at the time.

Negotiators tried to communicate with the suspect, but initially he was picking up the phone and not responding, Ross said.

At one point during the standoff, the suspect spoke with his girlfriend via video chat, the police commissioner said.

Ross did not detail how officers learned about the chat between Hill and his girlfriend.

"I do know there was a point when we know he was FaceTiming his girlfriend, and that's how we ended up with the information about her and largely about his newborn, which obviously we're leveraging that to try to appeal to him and his sense of reasoning."

Officers used 'stealth' to rescue officers and others trapped in home

As the sun set and the standoff dragged on, the mayor said he was listening to police radio transmissions. Officers in the house were whispering because they didn't want the shooter to hear them, he said.

Five hours after the standoff started, a SWAT team rescued two officers and three others trapped inside the row house, the police commissioner said. CNN affiliate KYW reported the officers were trapped on the second floor while the shooter was on the first floor.

"They were able to use stealth to do it," the mayor said. He said the shooter appeared unaware of the rescue mission.

The suspect called an attorney for help during the standoff

Eventually, the suspect talked by phone to an attorney, who tried to convince Hill to surrender peacefully, the police commissioner said.

"I gave his attorney, Shaka Johnson, a lot of credit that he came and he was able to certainly engage him in conversation much longer," Ross said.

Johnson told CNN affiliate KYW that he is Hill's former attorney, and that he received a call from Hill at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday while he was watching the drama unfold on TV.

Johnson said the suspect told him he needed help.

"I realized who it was. The game for me became getting him out of there safely," Johnson told KYW.

"He did not want this to end violently. ... I told him you got to surrender now."

Authorities had to use tear gas to get the suspect out of the house, the police chief said. And because tear gas was still wafting in the air Thursday morning, investigators haven't been able to go inside the home.

"It will be active scene for a number of hours," Ross said.

'It's disgusting' how many bullets and weapons the suspect has

Shortly after midnight, police announced the suspect had been arrested.

"I am surprised that he came out," the police chief said. He said the suspect told him on the phone during the standoff that he had an "extensive" criminal history, but the chief would not comment on specifics about his criminal background.

Ross said the suspect had "some kind of .380" weapon on him when he was arrested.

The Philadelphia mayor called out the National Rifle Association and demanded a resolution to the nation's gun crisis, saying officers need help keeping guns out of criminals' hands.

"Our officers deserve to be protected and they don't deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets. It's disgusting and we got to do something about it ... quickly," the mayor said.

"This government, both on federal and state level, don't want to do anything about getting these guns off the streets and getting them out of the hands of criminals."

CNN's Kristina Sgueglia, Dakin Andone, Jason Hanna, Laura Ly and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Jame Gumb

@ the ranting Liberal: Guns are not getting taken from people who can own them legally due to inner-city violence with illegally gained weapons. No matter how much you harp and whine about it kid. The more Liberals push to ban guns, the more guns get sold. That is a fact. Nobody in America is going to tolerate being unarmed against these inner-city thugs who were raised on violence. You appear to be mentally unstable as well, suffering badly from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Resorting to name calling and other childish acts. I recommend seeking therapy before you hurt yourself or someone else.

Well Educated Liberal

The only people getting hurt are the innocent victims of reich wing gun nuts. Well educated liberal democrats like me are peaceful and want peace and equality for everyone. Once drumpftler is in jail and Elizabeth Warren is president, it won't matter how many guns are sold because she will send the government to every house to search, confiscate and destroy every firearm in the country. Then she will lock up every single gun clinging hillbilly. Then we can have peace. Enough is enough!

#Warren/Harris2020 #HillaryisMYPresident #I'mStillWithHer #neverdrumpf #resist #impeach #LockHimUp #FreedomFromReligion #BanAllGuns

Well Educated Liberal

Conversation in trailer parks across the country this morning...

"Durrr, if only those cops had guns"

"Durrr, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun"

"Durrr, Obama's fault"

"Durrr, Musta been one of them stinkin' illegal mooslims or Mexicans"


Now that cops were the victims of a mass shooting, I wonder if the repukes will finally want to ban guns? Doubt it, they're too obsessed with the crapstitution. Tear it up and rewrite it. It's a outdated piece of paper. Enough is enough!

#Warren/Harris2020 #HillaryisMYPresident #I'mStillWithHer #neverdrumpf #resist #impeach #LockHimUp #FreedomFromReligion #BanAllGuns


Nothing to do with politics, other than the dems are not crying racism for some reason when the facts are that this is another hate crime.

Well Educated Liberal

It has everything to do with politics. The rethugliklans are on the nra payroll and keep guns in people's hands leading to a violent society plagued with multiple mass shootings every day. The Democrats want to take the guns away and keep our society free from violence, hatred and bigotry.

#Warren/Harris2020 #HillaryisMYPresident #I'mStillWithHer #neverdrumpf #resist #impeach #LockHimUp #FreedomFromReligion #BanAllGuns

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