Police say they are outmatched with amount of guns, ammunition on street

Police say that when they hit the streets, all they can do is prepare for the worst. And, in some cases, that means entering a war zone. 

"Police officers in America today are out-gunned," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told FOX 29. 

Sources tell FOX 29 that Maurice Hill not only had a semi-automatic AR-15, but he fired off three, 30-round magazines during an eight-hour standoff on North 15th Street in North Philadelphia.

Sources confirm that crime scene investigators found Hill had a lot more ammo left when he surrendered, including a double drum magazine containing 100 more rounds.

"With that much firepower and a maniac on the loose firing at the police officers the way he did, they're lucky that they only sustained the wounds that they sustained," Chitwood said


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The double drum, 100-round magazine Hill allegedly had was just like the double drum magazine found at the scene of an armored car robbery in University City eight days earlier. Police say the gunmen in that botched holdup also used an AR-15.

"Why do we need something like that? It should be banned, it should be burned. It should not be in existence. It's stupid," Chitwood said.

Sources say investigators found blood on the AR-15 allegedly used by Hill. They're checking for DNA and fingerprints. Three other weapons were recovered with two violent shootouts this month. Chitwood is glad at least some officers carry the AR-15 in their patrol cars in case they face this weapon on the street.

"They're using it to do one thing, that's to kill and if the police are the ones in their way, they're gonna kill the police," Chitwood said.

Police are also reviewing the weapons used by police and body cam video on some of the officers at the scene.