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January 09, 2020

Suspect killed in 'active shooter' situation in Northeast Philadelphia

Investigations Active Shooters
Barricade Frankford Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

Philadelphia police responded to the 4600 block of Hawthorne Avenue, in the Frankford section of the city, after a man barricaded himself inside a rowhome and fired shots at officers. Police later pronounced the suspect dead after an exchange of gunfire.

A suspect was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with Philadelphia police after he barricaded himself inside a rowhome in the Frankford section of the city on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. 

Police said the male suspect, who was not identified, locked himself inside a home in the 4600 block of Hawthorne Street around 1:05 p.m. 

Deputy police commissioner Robin Wimberly said the shooting began after parole officers attempted to serve a warrant on the man, who began firing at police officers. No injuries to civilians or law enforcement officers were reported at the scene. 

A heavy police presence, including U.S. Marshals and SWAT,  had blocked off the area to assist in the barricade situation. 

As a precaution, Harding Middle School and Frankford High School were placed in a "lock-in," police said. 

Check back for updates on this developing story.