At Least 6 Philadelphia Police Officers Shot During Active Firefight In Nicetown-Tioga Section, FOP President Says

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — At least six Philadelphia police officers were shot during an active firefight in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section and rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police said. Another officer suffered a non-shooting injury during the incident.

The officers were taken to Temple University Hospital, where dozens of officers have surrounded the hospital.

Police tell CBS3 that the injuries the officers sustained are believed to be non-life-threatening.

Gunfire erupted when a warrant was being served at the location on the 3700 block of North 15th Street around 4:30 p.m., police say. Officers were first called to the scene for narcotics activity, according to Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.

The gun battle between police and the suspect is still active. CBS3 reports that police have entered the building where the suspect or suspects are still inside.

Sources tell CBS3 that the scene was sheer chaos as officers were taking fire. Video from Chopper 3 shows officers with guns drawn at the scene. You can hear multiple gun shots during Greg Argos’ report.

Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross are heading to Temple University Hospital.

Chopper 3 was over the scene where police could be seen taking a man into custody. It’s not clear what the man’s role was in the incident.

 

 

The scene of the shooting is right down the street from Temple Hospital.

Several blocks around the scene have been cordoned off. Most of North Philadelphia is in gridlock due to the police presence.

Temple University says a lockdown is in effect for the Health Sciences Center Campus due to the police presence.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates on this developing story.