At least 6 Philadelphia police officers were shot during a gun battle that took place Wednesday afternoon. The situation began as officers attempted to serve a narcotics warrant on the 3700 block of North 15th Street at about 4:30pm, when the suspect, identified as Maurice Hill, opened fire. The police exchanged fire and were forced to flee through the windows and doors. The situation evolved into an hours long standoff between the suspect and police, with at least 30 officers being forced to discharge their weapons.
According to CBS Philadelphia, one woman claimed the standoff was reportedly similar to a warzone and said, “When they started dumping with the firepower and stuff like that, they did it in front of the day care, the babies were out and everything, that’s crazy. I’m a discharged veteran. I thought I was in a DMZ zone. It’s triggering PTSD, all types of things, all of this needs to be resolved. It’s senseless, seriously senseless.”
While the officers had to deal with this intense situation, they also had to deal with being taunted by a crowd of people who laughed and yelled at officers in the middle of the gunfire.
This nonsense is just as odd and barbaric as the actions taken by the shooter that shot 6 officers. The officers were risking their lives to protect the people, and the people were taunting them and harassing them.