Police shooting suspect facing charges over Wednesday standoff, drugs

PHILADELPHIA — The suspect in Wednesday’s standoff in Nicetown-Tioga that lasted more than seven hours, with six police officers getting shot, has officially been charged by the state.

Maurice Hill, 36 of Darby, Delaware County, faces dozens of charges involving Wednesday’s incident that lasted from about 4:30pm until he turned himself in at about midnight, plus drug charges.

CHARGED: Maurice Hill

Those drug charges are what brought officers to serve a warrant, and that’s what turned into an ambush.

There are 16 different dockets against Hill. Each contains multiple charges.

The first involves drugs. Hill faces three charges: manufacturing, delivering, or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver; conspiracy; and intent to possess a controlled substance by a person not registered.

There are 25 related dockets against eight other people in the drug case.

As for Wednesday, there are 15 dockets. Each contains multiple charges against Hill.

ThePhillyFiles looked through the dockets and found six different crimes against Hill: attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault of a law enforcement officer, unlawful restraint risking serious bodily injury, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person. There are multiple counts of each charge.

Hill has a long history with law enforcement.

He’s due for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 5. In the meantime, he’s being held at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.

Authorities say Hill used an AR-15 rifle and at least one other weapon, since at least two were used.

Officers in the home trying to serve the warrant fired back and did what they could to get out, even through windows. Two others were trapped inside, along with three other people, and rescued by the SWAT team. Negotiators including Police Commissioner Richard Ross himself spent hours by phone and other methods urging Hill to surrender.

None of the officers who were shot faced life-threatening conditions. All were released from the hospital before Hill even surrendered.

Since Wednesday, calls for gun control have further intensified. This weekend marks two weeks since mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

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  1. What was the “Breaking News” from this Monday midday live TV report that wasn’t in this Saturday article, other than a news conference planned Saturday in which the D.A. said the investigation will take a while (to which I say “Duh!”)?
    I’m referring to the “Breaking News” branding, not the reporter.
    (Video at https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Evidence-Building-Against_Philadelphia-554223982.html and also https://www.facebook.com/ThePhillyFiles/, where you can subscribe.)

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