- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two men were found dead Saturday after a man reportedly fired at officers and then held police at bay inside a northeast Philadelphia row house, police said.

Officers responded at about 2 p.m. to the Harrowgate section of the city after a report of a person with a gun and shots fired, a police spokeswoman said.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the gunman opened the door of the row house and opened fire as two officers were getting out of their squad car. No officers were injured.

“It was a scary moment,” patrolman Jonathan Ballinger, 25, who was on his fourth day on the streets, told the newspaper.

Police said the man, described as an ex-convict, then shut himself inside the home. Officers did not return fire for fear of injuring anyone else in the home. They evacuated 15 to 20 homes and told city buses to avoid the neighborhood, police said.

SWAT team officers entered the home shortly before 4:30 p.m. Saturday and found two men dead inside, police said. Investigators did not say how they died but said a weapon was recovered.


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