Man Fires at Officers, Launches Standoff: Police

By Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013  |  Updated 2:20 PM EDT
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A man was taken into custody


A man was taken into custody "peacefully" Wednesday morning after he fired shots at officers and then barricaded himself inside his home.

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A suspect allegedly fired at police early this morning launching a police standoff.

According to Philadelphia Police, the man fired at officers responding to a report of screaming along the 500 block of E Courtland Street in the Feltonville neighborhood before barricading himself within a home.

No officers were hit, according to police.

Police didn’t know why the man opened fire around 6 a.m. A woman was also in the home with him but didn't appear to be in danger.

After nearly one hour the standoff continued as SWAT officers responded to the scene.

Several blocks in the area including near the staging area at Whitaker Avenue and Wingohocking Street were blocked off as police responded.

Around 7:30 a.m. the man gave up.

"It’s been resolved peacefully," said Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan. "We have one male in custody, he surrendered after extensive negotiations by a sergeant with the SWAT unit."

The woman in the home wasn't hurt.

"There really was no indication that she was in danger at any time," said Sullivan.

The man, who wasn't immediately identified, is expected to be charged with reckless endangerment and other counts.


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