Five people arrested after Philadelphia plainclothes officers take gunfire

PHILADELPHIA – Five people are in custody Thursday in Philadelphia after two plainclothes officers were fired at while canvassing a neighborhood for drugs.

The shooting occurred Wednesday night in north Philadelphia. Moreover, it happened two weeks after—and about one mile away from where—a man shot six officers during a chaotic standoff on Aug. 14.

Onlookers were seen taunting and throwing things at Philadelphia police during the gun battle two weeks ago. The shooting turned into a standoff, which took more than eight hours to resolve.

“I mentioned this at 10 and since I was harassed during that live shot, I’ll mention it here, too,” KYW-TV reporter Alexandria Hoff said on Twitter at the time. “A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire.”

The officers targeted in Wednesday’s attack were patrolling Oakdale and Warnock Streets when they heard gunshots and turned around—only to spot someone in a car pointing a gun at them, FOX29 reported.

The shooter then apparently barricaded himself in a nearby building. As a result, a SWAT team responded to the scene and, about an hour later, four men and one woman came out and surrendered, according to FOX29.

No officers were reported injured in the incident and investigators are said to be obtaining a warrant to search the property for a gun.

Charges are pending against all five people taken into custody. Names were not provided.


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