Philadelphia Alleged Police Shooter Has an ‘Extensive’ Criminal History: Police Commissioner

By Samuel Allegri

The alleged shooter, 36-year-old Maurice Hill, who injured 6 police officers in an almost 8-hour standoff in Philadelphia, has an “extensive” criminal history that includes being arrested at least a dozen times since the age of 18.

He had been in and out of prison since 2002 for charges of illegal possession of firearms and aggravated assault, reported Fox 29.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said that he was surprised Hill gave himself up and came out knowing he would go back to prison.

“I am surprised he came out because he was indicating to some that he wasn’t going to do that and that he was not going back,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. “Many of you have found out about his history. It’s very significant. In fact, he told me on the phone, he used the word ‘extensive,’ he had an extensive criminal history and that he knew the system. This is why he was making the outlandish demands he was making.”

Ross had been negotiating with him for hours and at one point during the standoff, the police commissioner said that the alleged shooter was in contact with his girlfriend through his phone on video chat. Based on this negotiators used the information about his newborn daughter and his girlfriend to “appeal to him and his sense of reasoning,” Ross said, reported Fox5.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said that Hill “should not have been on the streets,” but that the police did not have a “crystal ball” to foresee his actions, reported Fox.

Krasner told reporters that “There are more than enough charges, so Mr. Maurice Hill may never exit jail,” going on to say Hill may be facing a number of charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, and likely drug charges.

Hill is a convicted felon, making his possession of a firearm illegal. Of the many past arrests and convictions, six involved illegal possession of guns.

Other convictions include drug dealing, assault, fleeing from police, perjury, and false imprisonment. Crimes he’s been charged with in the past, but not convicted of, include kidnapping, attempted murder, driving without a license, and recklessly endangering another person, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Krasner said Hill fired more than 100 rounds during the standoff, and credited the authorities with “brilliant policing and maybe a little bit of a miracle” for wrapping up the whole situation.

“Maurice called me in a panic, obviously,” his lawyer, Shaka Johnson, told CBS Philadelphia. “He did not want this to end violently and he really was sort of taking an opportunity to speak his peace. I told him ‘You gotta surrender, man,'” He said Hill was not injured but was checked out at a hospital before being released around 3 a.m.

“They’re going to kill me. They’re going to kill me,” Johnson remembered Hill saying to him over the phone.

Johnson said that the police commissioner gave him half an hour to convince Hill to surrender.

“Mr. Hill and I talked about this. They don’t typically, in scenarios like this, take black defendants into custody. This is what he and I talked about on the phone,” Johnson told FOX29. “I said, ‘My man, this is looking pretty grave for you. The world is watching. That may be one of the things giving police some pause because the world is watching. Use this time wisely.’”

President Trump commented on Twitter, advocating a tougher stance on street crime.

“The Philadelphia shooter should never have been allowed to be on the streets. He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police. Long sentence – must get much tougher on street crime!” President Trump wrote.

The Epoch Times reporter Zachary Steiber contributed to this report.