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Alleged Cop Shooter Surrendered After 4-Way Phone Call

Maurice Hill has a long criminal history—and a newborn daughter
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2019 9:15 AM CDT
Onlookers watch as a shooting is investigated Wednesday in Philadelphia.   (Joe Lamberti/Camden Courier-Post via AP)
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(Newser) – During a seven-hour standoff with police, Maurice Hill called his lawyer. "[He] was like, 'I'm in a situation, I need your help,'" Shaka Johnson tells CBS Philadelphia of the suspect accused of shooting six police officers in Philadelphia on Wednesday. "I told him, 'You gotta surrender, man,'" Johnson adds, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. The lawyer tells WABC that he arranged for a four-way phone call between himself, Hill, District Attorney Larry Krasner, and Police Commissioner Richard Ross "to make sure this ended" without injury to Hill. Officers had attempted to serve a search warrant as part of a narcotics investigation around 4:30pm at a house on the 3700 block of North 15th Street. Johnson said Hill cited his family—a wife, teenage son, and daughter born days ago—when he finally surrendered before midnight.

Hill will likely face charges including attempted murder. All six officers who were shot have been released from the hospital, including one who was grazed in the head, per CBS. Another officer injured in a crash while responding to the scene remains hospitalized; his condition is unknown. What is known is that 36-year-old Hill has a long criminal history stretching back to 2001. He has notched roughly a dozen arrests as an adult and been convicted six times for crimes like drug dealing and illegal gun possession, reports the Inquirer. The paper describes a 2008 conviction for escaping and fleeing from police and notes Hill previously "beat" attempted murder and kidnapping charges. (Read more Philadelphia stories.)

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