PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The trial for the man accused of shooting six Philadelphia police officers has been postponed until next year.
Maurice Hill will be on trial for a number of charges, including more than 60 attempted murder charges to account for not only the officers he's accused of shooting, but also the ones who investigators said were put in harm's way during a shootout more than two years ago.
Hill's trial date was set to begin Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, but has been moved to Sept. 19, 2022.
Hill is scheduled to appear next in court on Jan. 18 for a hear to allow his defense to ask for certain pieces of evidence not to be used during the trial.
Attorneys said jury selection will take a while since the incident was a highly publicized.
On August 14, 2019, police used tear gas to force Hill out of a rowhome following a seven-hour long standoff and shootout with police.
It happened along the 3700 block of North 15th Street in the city's Tioga-Nicetown section.
Officers were at the home to serve a narcotics warrant, but then they said Hill barricaded himself inside and used an AR-15-style rifle and other handguns to shoot at police.
At one point, two officers were trapped inside the home for several hours before a SWAT team rescued them, according to police.
Investigators said more than 200 rounds were fired and that officers later found five guns including the rifle.
After the incident, the Philadelphia Police Department identified the officers injured:
- Police Officer Joshua Burkitt sustained a gunshot wound to the left hand
- Police Officer Michael Guinter sustained gunshot wounds to both arms
- Police Officer Shaun Parker sustained a graze wound to the head
- Police Officer Nathaniel Harper sustained a gunshot wound to the left leg
- Police Officer Ryan Waltman sustained a gunshot wound to the right hand
- Police Officer Justin Matthews sustained a graze wound to the left leg
During the standoff, a nearby day care center was locked down for hours and later evacuated, with police officers helping carry babies. Two city buses were set up where shaken children waited for their parents to pick them up.
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