Philadelphia resident Claude Fain was wanted for weapons offenses in Rhode Island, and when state parole officers came to his residence, Fain opened fire.
Fain did this on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Tsk, tsk.
A standoff between law enforcement authorities and a gunman, who for nearly two hours Thursday opened fire on officers from a second-floor perch in a Frankford rowhouse, ended abruptly when the man was fatally shot.
Aww man, he was just turning his life around!
The firefight broke out just before 1 p.m. as state parole officers and U.S. Marshals arrived at the house in the 4600 block of Hawthorne Street, near Orthodox Street, to serve an arrest warrant, Deputy Commissioner Robin Wimberly said.
We were listening to the radio as it was happening, and while the transmissions from most active shooter incidents are a jumbled mess, the officers responding to this job were out of control. Screaming, talking over each other, panicking. Yes, it’s a stressful situation, but if you can’t control yourself over the radio, don’t clog the air.
The man they were there to arrest retreated inside and started shooting. SWAT trucks and dozens of Philadelphia police officers swarmed the block in response.
Unlike the last incident where a thug was shooting at police, this one ended quickly. It’s amazing what can happen when you let your SWAT team do their jobs.