Philadelphia Police: Suspect in custody after hours-long standoff

UPDATE: Philadelphia Police say the suspect has been taken into custody.

(CNN) — Police are in a standoff with a suspect who shot six officers on Wednesday in a North Philadelphia neighborhood.

Two officers were trapped inside the house, but have since been safely evacuated, according to Sgt. Eric Gripp, a spokesman for the department’s public affairs office.

More than two hours after the standoff began, officers who swarmed to the scene were attempting to communicate with the shooter, “imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries,” Sgt. Eric Gripp said on Twitter.

The officers’ injuries were non-life threatening, Gripp said. He said other officers were being treated for non-gunshot injuries.

Police were first called to the Nicetown-Tiago neighborhood for drug activity, Capt. Sekou Kinebrew told CNN affiliate KYW.

Video from a news helicopter showed more than 50 police vehicles at the scene.

The video also showed police officers kneeling and crouching behind various cars with guns drawn.

Just around 6:30 p.m. ET more gunfire could be heard at the scene.

“Suspect is still firing. … Continue to avoid area,” Gripp said in a Tweet.

Gripp also asked media helicopters to “pull back.”

President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more details unfold.

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