A suspect is in custody in Philadelphia after an hourslong standoff and shootout that left six officers shot and another injured in a related vehicle crash, authorities said. Two officers and three other people who had been trapped in the building with the shooter were freed after several hours.

 

The suspect's identity has not yet been released. 

Police had initially responded around 5 p.m. on a narcotics warrant and things "went awry almost immediately," Commissioner Richard Ross said. 

The commissioner said at a nighttime press conference that police were trying to communicate with a "single male" suspect. Police spokesperson Eric Gripp tweeted earlier that police are "imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries."

Gripp tweeted that children from nearby day care centers were evacuated.

Gripp said the officers were transported to local hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. Philadelphia police said at 11 p.m. that all the officers who were shot were released from the hospital. One officer who was injured in a vehicle crash related to the incident remained in the hospital. 

 

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