Police: Suspect Shoots 2 SWAT Officers, Self

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A three-hour standoff between police and a man who allegedly shot two SWAT team members early Wednesday morning ended with the suspect shooting himself, apparently accidentally.

That man was listed in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.

Police say the suspect, later confirmed to be 20-year-old Nasuil Martinez (above), was going to surrender at about 7:30 AM. Instead, police commissioner Charles Ramsey says, he was carried out on a stretcher after shooting himself in the neck.

“From the comment he made on the phone, ‘Oh, it went off,’ it looks as if it was accidental when it was self-inflicted,” said Ramsey.

Martinez was wanted in connection with the shooting of Officer Kevin Gorman less than two weeks ago (see related story).

sgt christopher binns Police: Suspect Shoots 2 SWAT Officers, Self

Sgt. Christopher Binns

When two SWAT team members entered his home just before 4 AM, according to police, they were greeted by gunfire. Sargeant Christopher Binns, 49, a 21-year veteran and Francis Whalen, 36, a 13-year veteran were identified as the officers shot. Ramsey says the gunman fired through a wall, striking both officers who were wearing Kevlar protection that absorbed the slugs.  Neither officer was hurt.

ofcr francis whalen Police: Suspect Shoots 2 SWAT Officers, Self

Officer Francis Whalen

During the standoff, nearby Fels High School was locked down.  A school district spokesman says students who hadn’t left for school were advised to stay home. Students and staff on their way in, or already there, were directed to Carnell Elementary School at 1100 Deveraux Avenue.

Reported by Paul Kurtz and Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio; Dray Clark, CBS 3.

  • http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/03/08/trial-ordered-for-man-accused-of-shooting-3-philadelphia-cops-in-2-incidents/ Trial Ordered For Man Accused Of Shooting 3 Philadelphia Cops In 2 Incidents « CBS Philly

    […] And a SWAT officer has testified that just two weeks after that shooting, Martinez lay in wait for him and a partner as they tracked him to the basement of a home in Northeast Philadelphia.  He says Martinez opened fire in the dark, hitting two officers.  One was saved by his helmet and the other, shot dead center in the chest, was saved by his protective vest (related story). […]

  • maureen hall

    What about the children in the home, no one cared about them. They were left outside standing in the extreme cold see the mother and uncle being dragged down the street by the swat team. The children are distraught and we don’t even know if they’ll calm down. The one uncle has a concussion. The Martinez was hiding out in their house. It’s a normal family who goes to school and work everyday. I think the police; swat should give the reward to these poor girls. They suffered that night and now their left to clean up blood??

  • Marcus

    2 bad he didn’t die.

    • MiiSs

      smh… no bad MaRCuS :: God feels like this guys job on earth is na finished. Maybe someone should try to get him help rather than wish him dead. im just sayin’

  • David W.

    HAHA! The dummy shot himself! Stupid is as stupid does! Karma just came back and bit him in the butt!!!


    “Standoff Ends When Suspect Shoots Himself”. So why are the schools under lock-down?

    • ZZBAR

      Now that CBS local changed the story from the original. It makes sense why the school was in lock-down.

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