Frankford shooting

Police vehicles lined the area in the Frankford neighborhood where a short but fatal gun battle occurred. — Courtesy of NBC10

Philadelphia Police have identified the man whom they shot and killed after he opened up fire on them Thursday while they were attempting to serve him with a warrant as 47-year-old Claude Fain.

The deadly standoff occurred Thursday afternoon in the 4600 block of Hawthorne Street in the Frankford section of the city.

Fain was on probation for a firearms conviction in Rhode Island and was wanted for potential parole violations related to a domestic violence incident, according to a preliminary report released Friday by Philadelphia police.

Fain’s confrontation with police began shortly after 1 p.m. when three state parole officers spotted Fain on the street and approached him. Fain allegedly threatened the officers, saying, “I’m going to kill all three of you (expletives).” He then reportedly ran into his home and began firing at officers from a second-floor window. Police said Fain fired 16 shots.

The state parole officers were later joined by officers from the Philadelphia Police Department. Shortly thereafter, members of SWAT arrived and also exchanged fire.

Bishop Benjamin Fisher, of Greater Bethel Temple in Frankford, told Billy Penn that police and Fain exchanged “80 to 100 shots. It was inundated. They were firing back and forth.”

Fain was pronounced dead at 2:52 p.m. There were no reports of any other injuries.

Frankford Library was closed for the duration of the shootout, six neighboring schools were put on lockdown, and neighborhood residents were left cowering inside their homes. State Rep. Jason Dawkins holed up with his staff in his office just a block away.

Two of the schools closed off Thursday due to the gunfire — Ethan Allen and Frankford — have experienced more than five lockdowns over the past decade, according to Billy Penn. Gunfire in the neighborhood is the most common reason for Philadelphia schools to declare a lockdown.

Thursday’s incident brought to mind another shootout between police and a shooter that took place in the Nicetown-Tioga section of the city. In August, an attempt by the Narcotics Strike Force to serve a search warrant at a house in the 3700 block of North 15th Street resulted in a nearly eight-hour standoff between police and 36-year-old Maurice Hill.

When it was over, six officers were wounded but all of them survived.

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