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Suspect in Custody: Man Surrendered to Authorities After Philadelphia Standoff

Tense scene stretched on for hours after six officers were wounded in a spray of gunfire; man now has been identified

The suspect connected to Wednesday’s dramatic and hours-long standoff in North Philadelphia surrendered to law-enforcement authorities in the early hours of Thursday morning, many news outlets are reporting.

The man left the housing unit with his hands held in the air — and with a police light shining on him.

He was surrounded by a cloud of tear gas as he exited the building.

The tense scene in Philadelphia stretched on for hours and hours on Wednesday as six officers were wounded by gunfire — and two officers and three hostages were later set free, apparently unharmed, Fox News noted.

Unnamed police sources identified the suspect as Maurice Hill, 36, of Philadelphia.

Hill has a long record of gun-related convictions and of attempting to evade arrest, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Shaka Mzee Johnson, the attorney who most recently represented Hill, also confirmed to the Inquirer that Hill was linked to the standoff.

See these tweets for more information and reaction to this story that gripped America for much of yesterday afternoon and evening.

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