Krasner announces charges against Nicetown shooter, hints at huge investigation

Kristen Johanson
August 19, 2019 - 12:20 pm
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UPDATED: 1:21 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — District Attorney Larry Krasner on Monday morning announced dozens of charges against Maurice Hill, the man accused of shooting six police officers last week in Nicetown. The press conference was the shortest of Krasner's term. 

Krasner said police are still actively investigating the crime scene near 15th Street and Erie Avenue, pulling bullets from walls, ceilings and cars, sifting through 250 police body cameras, and obtaining surveillance video from neighbors’ homes.

"There is limited information that we can provide today — more limited than we had hoped, to be honest with you — and that is because the volume of information, the quantity of investigation, is so enormous," he said.

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Krasner briefly read through the charges against Hill, including 11 counts of both attempted murder and assault on law enforcement, both first-degree felonies. He added other charges against the 36-year-old for the cops held captive.

"For the officers who were shot at but held captive: attempted murder, assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangering another person, but also unlawful restraint," he said.

The press conference was very different from one last week, at which Krasner admitted to being on the phone with the accused shooter at the time of the negotiations. Law enforcement sources confirm to KYW at least four other prosecutors were listening in on the conversation, on speaker phone with Hill, at the time of the negotiations.

Krasner would take no questions at the press conference:

"I have to be very careful not to step on the activity of the Philadelphia Police Department," he said, "and not to step on what may happen down the road with the case."

He also applauded the work of the police department and the commissioner:

"They were patient, they were tactically brilliant, they were courageous."

Sources close to the state attorney general's office say they are monitoring the investigation closely.