Man killed during Frankford standoff verbally threatened officers before shooting: Police

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Saturday, January 11, 2020
Man killed during Frankford standoff verbally threatened officers before shooting
Man killed during Frankford standoff verbally threatened officers before shooting: as seen on Action News Mornings on January 11, 2020.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police say a man who was killed in a shootout with the SWAT team verbally threatened officers before barricading himself inside a home and opening fire.

According to Deputy Commissioner Robin Wimberly, parole officers were attempting to serve a warrant on 42-year-old Claude Fain on Thursday afternoon.

When the agents approached him, he immediately ran toward his home the 4600 block of Hawthorne Street and shouted, "I'm going to kill all three of you (expletives)," according to a preliminary report released Friday.

Fain began firing at agents from inside his home and through a second-floor window, the report said.

Highway Patrol officers were able to access a residence from across the street and shoot back at Fain. SWAT officers also shot at Fain from inside a neighboring home and from their tactical vehicle.

Fain was hit in the shootout and was pronounced dead at 2:52 p.m.

In total, nine law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire with Fain, and according to the report, Fain fired a total of 16 shots.

There were no other known injuries to police or civilians.

On Friday, police went back to the neighborhood to try and comfort residents and reassure them that they are there to help.

"It is really a war zone up here, they are shooting and shooting like crazy like everybody's shooting up here," said Carl Williams of Frankford.

Neighbors say Fain was a paranoid schizophrenic.

"I think he was off his meds, the guy that they shot, but he was a real nice guy," said Williams.

Capt. Johnny Walker of the 15th district, along with his team, went to the neighborhood to talk to Fain's aunt and other residents.

"We realize now we have to come out rather quickly and talk to people and make they understand we care about you... and we will be here with you and help you through this situation," said Walker.

Many neighbors are hoping a new year will bring new solutions to gun violence.

"Everybody has a gun. You are scared when people stop in the middle of the street to blow at them because you don't know who has a gun. So, it's crazy and something needs to be done," said Joyce Hoyle, who lives nearby.

The Hoyles have lived in the area for 46 years and say this is the first time they've seen anything like this.

"They have to come up with a solution because everybody has a gun, everybody. This is crazy. It's like the wild, wild west," said John Hoyle.