News

Bystanders Laughed at and Taunted Police Officers Who Were Under Fire in Philadelphia [VIDEO]

Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr

On Wednesday, police officers confronted a suspect who was barricaded inside a home with two hostages. The suspect opened fire on the cops, and several officers were injured, including one that was shot in the head. As bullets rained down upon them and they attempted to negotiate with the suspect, a crowd gathered that began mocking the officers.

[Scroll down for video]

A reporter who was present as the incident unfolded in Philadelphia said that the bystanders were taunting and mocking police, even as law enforcement, according to a report by the Blaze, was trying to handle a tense hostage situation and six officers were being treated for injuries.

Video captures the bystanders yelling at officers as well as the moment some confront the police and shove them.

Alexandria Hoff, a reporter with CBS-3 Philadelphia, also said that she was harassed along with the officers.

“I mentioned this at 10 and since I was harassed during that live shot, I’ll mention it here too,” wrote Hoff in a tweet.

“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.”

During the incident, two officers became trapped inside of the house after attempting to serve a narcotics warrant. The suspect opened fire on the cops outside, injuring six. The SWAT team was called to the scene and saved both of the officers in the home along with two additional hostages.

The suspect, however, remained inside. Officers then began negotiating with the suspect and his lawyer.

One police officer was shot in the head by the suspect. Another was shot in the hand. All of the injured law enforcement officers have since been treated and released from the hospital.

The standoff lasted approximately eight hours. The suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Maurice Hill, ultimately surrendered.

Hill has a lengthy criminal history, including burglary, aggravated assault, and taunting a police animal charges.