Philadelphia police traded gunfire with a man before a two-hour standoff in Holmesburg ended about 1 a.m. Monday with SWAT officers finding him critically wounded inside an apartment.

Staff Inspector Sekou Kinebrew said investigators were trying to determine if the man was struck by police gunfire or had been wounded before the standoff began.

Officers were called to the apartment on the 4400block of Kendrick Street about 10:55 p.m. Sunday for a report of gunfire and a man shot, Kinebrew said.

When the man did not respond to officers’ requests to come out, police declared a barricade situation and called in a SWAT team.

The man fired 40 to 50 shots at police, striking a patrol car multiple times, and threw a shotgun out the window, Kinebrew said.

The shot-out windows of an apartment in Holmesburg, where police say a suspected gunman fired 40 to 50 shots at cops during a standoff.
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer
The shot-out windows of an apartment in Holmesburg, where police say a suspected gunman fired 40 to 50 shots at cops during a standoff.

At least three SWAT officers fired back, Kinebrew said. SWAT officers who entered the apartment found the man shot in each arm and in the chest.

The man was taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in critical condition, police said.

SWAT Sgt. James O’Connor IV was fatally shot March 13 while trying to arrest a murder suspect on a warrant. That man has been charged with the officer’s murder.