The Philadelphia police shooting suspect has ‘extensive’ criminal history, says commissioner

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The man accused of opening fire at Philadelphia police officers, wounding six, and the activation of the one-hour-long stand-off that lasted well into the night, has been arrested at least a dozen times since the turn of the 18th — with a rap sheet of a top-cop has been described as an “extensive” criminal history.”

Holding his hands up in the air, and the police lights illuminating his every move, the alleged gunman, Maurice Hill, 36, has surrendered to the authorities shortly after midnight on Thursday, leaving from the north of Philadelphia, near the home he had barricaded himself in.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who said he spent hours on Wednesday to negotiate the Hill and over the phone, he said the situation that unfolded “would have been a lot worse.”

Maurice Hill gave himself over to the authorities, just after midnight, after the shooting and hours-long stand-off.
(Philadelphia Police Department/Bill Trenwith, via AP)

“I’m surprised to see that he was as he was indicating that he was not going to do it, and that he didn’t have to go back, to the jail, Ross told reporters early on Thursday with some of Hill’s alleged statements. “Many of you may have found out about its history. It is very important to us. In fact, he told me on the phone, he used the word “extensive,” and he had an extensive criminal history and that he was aware of the system. This is the reason as to why he was making the bizarre claims he was making.”


Court documents obtained by the FOX29 show, Hill’s long criminal history, including at least a dozen arrests since he turned 18.

The 36-year-old has been in and out of jail since 2002, after convictions for such crimes as illegal possession of weapons, and aggravated assault, according to documents obtained by FOX29.

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A New Jersey Sheriff’s Association, Chief Rich Buzby said that the police around the nation are incredibly proud of the professionalism and restraint shown by the Philadelphia’s officers, following a trial, which is to the left of 6 officers have been shot.

In 2013, Hill was convicted of perjury and sentenced to seven months of the probationary period. The Records, obtained by the FOX29 was also to dozens of serious allegations over the years that were later withdrawn in the court of law.

Hill also spent time in federal prison for pleading guilty to federal firearms violations in 2008, after he was caught with a Smith & Wesson .357, and a Taurus PT .45 semi-automatic, according to court records obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The prior felony convictions, is being held in the possession of such weapons, as well as a federal judge sentenced him to four years and seven months in prison, and the Petitioner has not been reported.

Hill’s former attorney Shaka Johnson, who was represented by the 36-year-old, a number of previous cases over the past five years, which is were most of the time on the drug-related nature, told FOX29 he answered the phone at 8:30 a.m. on the Wednesday, and heard the Hill on the other side of it. Johnson said early Thursday that, in Hill’s words on the phone, “I need help.”

“They’re going to kill me. They’re going to kill me,” Johnson recalled Hill saying on the phone.

The police patrol the block, in the neighborhood of a home when they are investigating an active shooting situation, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke))

Johnson, who is a former SWAT officer, said his former client was concerned about his own safety, but also about the well-being of his family, including a newborn daughter. Johnson said that the commissioner of police gave him 30 minutes to persuade the former client to give up peacefully.

“Mr. Hill and I talked about it. They are not usually in a scenario like this one, in black to take the suspects into custody. This is what he and I talked on the phone,” Johnson told FOX29. “I told him,” My man, this is looking pretty grave for you. The world is watching. That’s one of the things that makes the police a number of pause, as the world is watching. Use this time wisely.'”


The shooting began at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday after officers entered a home to serve a narcotics warrant. The gunman and police traded gunfire for hours.

The police department of the Philadelphia stage, and if they are responding to an active shooting situation, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The six officers have been shot and killed, but have been released from the hospital. The two officers were locked up in the house during the standoff, but they were all safely evacuated. Ross said Thursday morning he does not believe that the shooter knew the two police officers that were trapped on the upper floor of the house, along with three civilians.

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In addition, at the meeting with the attorney, and the city’s top cop, said that it is we, ultimately, had caused the gunner to come in early on Thursday. The gunman was taken to a hospital for evaluation and subsequently placed in custody.


The shooting was caused to Temple University to lock in a portion of the campus, and more than one child, and people have been imprisoned for some time at a nearby day-care centre. The police have not yet announced formal charges against the Hill on Wednesday, shooting.

As President He was briefed on the shooting, tweeted Thursday morning that the shooter should have never been on the streets.”

“He has had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time of the year, after his arrest, and after an injury, as much as the police do,” said the president. “For a long sentence must be a lot tougher on street crime.”

Fox News’ Chris Wallace and Vandana Rambaran, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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