A man who barricaded himself inside a home in the area of 4600 Hawthorne St in Philadelphia's Frankford neighborhood has fired at police officers multiple times, local police reported on late Thursday.
The police have reportedly requested backup at the scene, including S.W.A.T. team members. There may also be several suspects, they said.
For your safety and the safety of first-responders, please avoid the area of 4600 Hawthorne St, about 3 blocks southeast of Frankford Ave off Orthodox St in Frankford. https://t.co/t9UCAGNIsM— Philadelphia OEM (@PhilaOEM) January 9, 2020
There are no further details so far concerning possible victims.
Operations continue on Hawthorne. No reported injuries to civilians or involved LEOs at this time. Please continue to avoid the area until further notice— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) January 9, 2020
The nearby Warren G. Harding Middle School and Frankford High School are on lockdown.
The police have requested media helicopters to keep away from the area so as to not disturb the ongoing operation.
ATTENTION MEDIA HELICOPTERS: Your presence is hindering operation on 4600 Hawthorne! PLEASE BACK AWAY FROM THE AREA— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) January 9, 2020