Philadelphia, PA – The crazed gunman who shot six police in North Philadelphia on Wednesday has a lengthy criminal record including felon gun charges.
34-year-old Maurice Hill has a “violent history” and is forbidden to possess firearms.
Public records show that he has been arrested about a dozen times since turning 18, and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term.
Police officers carrying rifles respond to a shooting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Aug. 14, 2019.
And, his record would indicate, he does not like to go to prison. In 2008, he was convicted of escaping, fleeing from police, and resisting arrest. Along the way, he beat criminal charges on everything from kidnapping to attempted murder.
Hill also spent time in federal prison. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations after he was caught with a Smith & Wesson .357 and later a Taurus PT .45 semiautomatic. His prior felony convictions should have barred him from owning those weapons. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond sentenced him to four years and seven months in prison.
More recently, Hill was convicted of perjury in 2013 and sentenced to seven years of probation. He appeared before Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford Means for three different alleged violations of probation — at least two of them related to new cases, which he later beat.
In one of those cases, Philadelphia police arrested Hill in May 2014, after spotting him driving an unregistered scooter. But when officers tried to stop him, he raced down an alleyway against traffic on a one-way street and then onto a sidewalk, sending pedestrians scattering, court records say. Hill crashed the scooter and then fled on foot but was apprehended. He was charged with driving without a license, recklessly endangering another person, and fleeing police, but later was acquitted on all counts.
Maurice Hill was walked from Temple University Hospital’s emergency room to a waiting Philadelphia police van at 3:30 a.m.
Philadelphia police arrested Hill again in October 2014 on charges of drug possession and false imprisonment.
According to court filings, his accuser told police she had agreed to sell marijuana for Hill but then later changed her mind. When he summoned her to his house on the 6900 block of Greenway Street in Southwest Philadelphia days later, she says, she overheard Hill and an associate discussing killing her. Fearful for her life, the woman said, she called 911. When officers arrived, she fled as Hill and his associate hid the crack cocaine and marijuana in a tire out back. Investigators discovered 83 grams of marijuana.
As previously reported, a Philadelphia man shot at police during a standoff, injuring multiple officers and taking two hostage.
The gunfire erupted sometime around 4:30 p.m. when police attempted to serve a narcotics warrant at a home along the 3700 block of North 15th Street.
“Tonight’s events are what tear at the fabric of our Commonwealth. We are indebted to the men and women who stand on the front lines protecting our cities, towns and neighborhoods — those who run towards danger when instinct tells you to run away,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement Wednesday night. “That is the kind of bravery I see from law enforcement across our Commonwealth every day.”
Shapiro also noted his office is prepared to assist Philadelphia Police during this time.
“Our communities cannot sustain this type of violence. This cannot continue,” Shapiro said.
“My thoughts are with the officers wounded in tonight’s horrific incident, their families who share the burden of service, and the medical professionals who worked to treat them.”
Philadelphia Police were unable to confirm if the suspect was or wasn’t permitted to possess firearms.