At least five police officers in Philadelphia have been injured in a shooting that happened in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood, authorities have told a CBS affiliate in the city.
A sixth officer sustained serious injuries because of a car crash that happened while he was responding to the emergency, but details weren’t released immediately.
The officers were taken to Temple University Hospital, and initially were reported to being treated for non-life-threatening wounds. Some of the wounds were in hands and arms.
“Police were first called to the scene for narcotics activity,” the report said, quoting police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.
Blocks have been cordoned off as police revealed while one suspect was in custody, a second was barricaded with a weapon and apparently still in a position to fire at officers.
There were no details available on the person in custody.
“There is a large police presence and citizens are advised to avoid the area. Several blocks around the scene have been cordoned off. Most of North Philadelphia is in gridlock due to the police presence,” the affiliate said.
The NBC station in the city reported the first call for help for officers asked for “everything you got. SWAT, long gun.”