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Police remain on scene after 2 officers shot, wounded before house catches fire

Pennsylvania incident still considered active-shooter situation

By Mike Heuer

Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Two police officers responding to a 911 call about a girl being shot in East Lansdowne, Pa., were shot and wounded Wednesday afternoon during an active-shooter situation that remains ongoing.

The officers responded to a call claiming to be from an 11-year-old girl who said she had been shot and was inside a house in East Lansdowne at about 3:45 p.m. When the two officers arrived, someone in a nearby house began shooting and wounded them, local media reported.

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The house where the officers responded caught fire while more police and a SWAT team arrived at the scene and surrounded the property.

One officer was shot in the leg and the other in the arm, and both are in stable condition at a local hospital. One officer is with the Lansdowne Police and the other East Lansdowne Police, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer told local media.

Stollsteimer said the police don't know if the shooter is still inside the home and are unsure if anyone was shot prior to the officers arriving at the scene. He said the report of an 11-year-old girl being shot might be inaccurate, but someone inside the house set fire to it after shooting the two officers.

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The local fire department has the fire contained, and police intend to enter the home to investigate, Stollsteimer said. The fire appeared to be dying out early Wednesday night local time, but an armored police vehicle rammed the house while it was still burning, CNN reported.

Police and first responders were still at the scene, which was considered an active-shooter situation, as of 6 p.m. EST.

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