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Jillian Mele reports from Philadelphia.
President Trump said on Thursday that the suspect in the shooting of six police officers have been allowed during a Philadelphia standoff “never be on the streets.”
The suspect, identified as Maurice Hill, 36, has reported a long record of gun-related beliefs and the attempt to escape arrest, the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is now in custody.
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“The Philadelphia-shooter should have never been allowed on the streets,” Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. “He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after the wounding of so many police. Long sentence – must be harder on the road of crime.”
The suspect allegedly shot six officers during a confrontation that began after two Narcotics Strike Force officers showed up in a multi-family to serve the house, a warrant, according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who said things “went wrong almost immediately,” when the suspect allegedly started firing.
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The two officers were barricaded in separate rooms with several hostages, before they were evacuated, five hours later. The incident began on Wednesday around 4:30 a.m., was taken, the suspect finally fixed early Thursday morning. The suspect allegedly fired rounds out of the window and up through the ceiling. He was armed with several pistols and an AR-15 rifle, officials told Fox News.
All six officers hit by bullets survived. Ross said it was “nothing less than a miracle that we killed several officers today.”
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After two previous mass Paso, Texas, shootings in El, and Dayton, Ohio, Trump called for the Congress to take action that suggests, in particular, stronger background checks and the red flag laws that keep potentially dangerous people from obtaining firearms. The Congress is currently on summer break, and Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Resistance back calls to bring the senators early. But he said that when you come back, can these measures on the agenda.
Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and Rick Leventhal and The Associated Press contributed to this report.