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Philadelphia Gunman Who Shot Cop, 2 Women Found Dead After Long Gun Fight

Philadelphia, PA – The man who shot a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) police officer and two women in the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday night was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The incident began at about 7 p.m. on April 6 when officers responded to a report of gunshots near the Arrott Transportation Center in Frankford, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Responding officers found a 42-year-old woman and a 57-year-old woman suffering from gunshot wounds near the intersection of Arrott and Griscom Streets.

Officers chased the man believed to be the suspect four blocks and he ran into an apartment building on Leiper Street, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Marcellous Andrews said he was resting in his apartment when a man started banging on his door.

“Open the door!” the man yelled, according to Andrew.

Then the man hit Andrews’ front door with so much force that it splintered the wood, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Andrews said the man looked briefly at him as he rushed into the living room, but the resident didn’t stick around and ran out of the building.

Police told him to take cover as the intruder smashed out the window of Andrews’ second-floor apartment in the 4700-block of Leiper Street, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Then the suspect opened fire on police officers outside.

Police returned fire and a shootout ensued that went on for more than an hour, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The gunman was later found inside the apartment dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to officials.

Police said 28-year-old SEPTA Police Officer Ervis Onuzi was shot in the abdomen during the gunfight.

The officer was transported to Temple University Hospital for treatment and was in stable condition on Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Multiple officers were pinned down behind a vehicle during the standoff but they were ultimately rescued by an armored SWAT vehicle.

One of the female victims was shot in the hip and the other was shot in the buttocks, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Police said both women were in stable condition.

Officials said the wounded officer had not fired any shots in the gun battle, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Officer Onuzi is a three-year veteran of the transit police.

Officers waiting for news outside the hospital broke into applause when they received the news that Officer Onuzi was expected to survive his wounds.

“It was a harrowing night,” SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III told reporters at the scene.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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