PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – It’s been just a short time since six Philadelphia police officers were injured when an armed repeat felon kept police locked in a tense standoff and hostage situation.
And in looking at some of the chatter online, there are actually people who claimed the officers wounded in the firefight were faking it.
Hill, armed with an AR-15 and several handguns, had police locked in a tense 7-hour standoff when he took hostages and wouldn’t surrender. Two officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were reportedly serving a warrant at the multi-family home for a drug-related offense when things “went awry almost immediately,” and the shooter opened fire at the home. The two officers were barricaded in separate rooms and several hostages were taken.
During the standoff, Hill reportedly fired over 100 rounds from the semi-automatic weapon, injuring a total of six police officers – all of whom were treated for their wounds and are expected to make a full recovery.
A video from the day of the shooting showed a wounded officer rushing to get into a cruiser. Blood can be seen dripping from his arm. People immediately began posting online, saying it was fake blood being poured on by a fellow officer.
“WTF!! Philadelphia Shootings Fake AF!!” the user posted online. “Police Officers Spray Fake Blood on themselves during Philadelphia Shooting.”
Right. During the middle of a day. While helicopters shot aerial video coverage.
Check out the video for yourself, but viewer discretion is advised.
WTF!! Philadelphia Shootings Fake AF!! Police Officers Spray Fake Blood on themselves during Philadelphia Shooting 8/14/2019
Posted by Jerry Wizman on Thursday, August 15, 2019
Reddit users also posted and commented about the scene, continuing to dive deeper into the fake tragedy narrative. Users on Twitter suggested that police orchestrated the fake shooting in order to put a black man in jail.
The Philadelphia Police Department immediately refuted the claims.
“This is outrageous,” the Philadelphia department’s public affairs office said regarding the accusations. “Police officers were transported to Temple University Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center for gunshot wounds. This video is one of our police officers that suffered a gunshot wound Wednesday.”
Black men in jail for something they didn’t do. this clip from the #Philadelphia #shooting shows a officer In this video putting #fake blood all over his hands AS IF HE GOT SHOT making #blackpeople with guns a target and then portrayed them as #terrorists pic.twitter.com/uBdVf3OzEY
— GODKIDANNY (@godkidanny) August 15, 2019
When asked about what appears in the video, the police department said it’s absolutely real blood.
“The officer was applying pressure on his arm and when he let go of the pressure blood squirted out,” the PPD said in an email. “It is unknown what the other officer was trying to do.”
Philly cops are known for “a load and go approach to officer injuries,” according to Jeffrey Bumgarner, head of the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science at North Dakota State University. That essentially means that wounded officers are often driven to medical facilities in police cars rather than waiting for EMS to arrive.
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We’d also like to take this time to remind everyone about how bystanders laughed and cheered as these officers were shot.
Crowd taunts Philadelphia police officers during active shooter situation https://t.co/gXSf3FhEZo
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) August 15, 2019
It’s appalling that in a situation where police are running headfirst into heavy gunfire in order to save innocent lives, there are people who think this kind of stuff up and spread it online.
Public records indicate that suspect Maurice Hill has a lengthy criminal history, with convictions that include assault, perjury, fleeing and eluding, escape and weapons offenses. He attempted to broker a deal with negotiators but neglected to follow through before eventually surrendering. District Attorney Larry Krasner says Hill will be facing some serious consequences.