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The suspect who allegedly shot six Philadelphia police officers and holed up inside a building for hours has been taken into custody, according to the police department.

The department said the man was in custody and a SWAT team was clearing the house just after midnight Thursday. The resolution ended a day marked by frightening violence caught live by overhead helicopters in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Tioga-Nicetown as the man fired wildly at police officers, who were seen diving for cover behind cruisers and evacuating injured comrades.

Maurice Hill, 34, has been identified as the suspect, according to his lawyer and law enforcement sources. Hill surrendered peacefully to police, and was seen exiting the building with his hands raised.

The suspect barricaded himself inside a building on 15th Street, police said. The shootout began during a narcotics operation at around 4:30 p.m. when officers entered the home to serve a search warrant and were met with gunfire. Some officers had to escape through windows and two were trapped inside with the shooter for several hours, police said. The trapped officers were safely removed from the home as of 9:30 p.m.

The officers were struck in various parts of their bodies and one had a graze wound to the head. All six officers who were shot have now been released from area hospitals, police said. Read more

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The suspect who allegedly shot six Philadelphia police officers and holed up inside a building for hours has been taken into custody, according to the police department.

The suspect who allegedly shot six Philadelphia police officers and holed up inside a building for hours has been taken into custody, according to the police department.

The suspect who allegedly shot six Philadelphia police officers and holed up inside a building for hours has been taken into custody, according to the police department.