Youngblood commends authorities for bringing peaceful ending to standoff

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – Following a seven-hour police standoff in the Nicetown section of her district, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood is praising the authorities involved and their efforts to bring the incident to a peaceful conclusion.

“I am thankful that the six officers who were injured during this horrific event are expected to recover, and that there were no fatalities within the police department. I am also glad that no residents were physically hurt during this long ordeal,” Youngblood said. “As terrible as the situation was, it could have been a lot worse, but the Philadelphia Police Department handled it with professionalism and remained vigilant throughout the standoff.

“I also commend Police Commissioner Ross and District Attorney Krasner for participating in a phone call with the suspect and his attorney that led to the gunman surrendering and ending of the seven-hour standoff.”

Youngblood added this incident only strengthens the continued call for commonsense gun reform in Pennsylvania.

“Our community did not deserve to be on the receiving end of this act of violence. Our law enforcement, who are out on the streets serving and protecting our communities should be able to do so safely. This suspect has a criminal record and should not have had guns in his possession. He used them illegally to fight off police who were only doing their job in serving a warrant,” Youngblood stated. “The residents of Philadelphia continuously face the epidemic of gun violence and are fearful they may be the next victim. They should not have to be concerned about walking out of their home or their children playing in the streets and worrying that a shooting may occur right in front of them.

“As a lawmaker, I am ready to come to the table and work on solutions that will help bring these ongoing senseless acts to an end. We owe it to the people of Philadelphia and to all Pennsylvanians.”