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Philly Cop Ambushed, Shot ‘in Name of Islam’
Authorities say a Philadelphia police officer is recovering after he was shot several times during an ambush late Thursday night in West Philadelphia.
Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross says the officer was sitting in his patrol car around 11:30 p.m. at 60th and Spruce Streets when a gunman fired 13 shots through the driver’s side of the car.
Police are calling it an “attempted assassination.”
In a press conference, Commissioner Ross said the gun used in the attack was a stolen police firearm.
Photo released of suspect aiming at officer at point blank range. (credit: Real Time Crime Police Camera from police sources)
The officer, 33-year-old Jesse Hartnett, was struck three times in his arm, authorities say.
“Shots fired! I’m shot! I’m bleeding heavily!” Hartnett can be heard yelling on police radio.
Commissioner Ross says the suspect has given a full confession, saying he did it in the name of Islam.
Sources say the suspect’s full confession of the alleged attack was written down and recorded on video.
Police sources identify the suspect as Edward Archer, of Yeadon.
“When you look at the video, this is one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen,” Commissioner Ross said. “This guy tried to execute the police officer. The police officer had no idea he was coming. It’s amazing he’s alive.”
Hartnett was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he underwent surgery for a broken arm. Ross says the officer’s arm suffered significant damage and that he has a long road to recovery, but he is expected to be okay.
His father, Robert Hartnett says, “It’s going to be a tough road, but he’s a tough guy… I told him I love him, and I’m proud of him and he is an excellent person.”
Hartnett returned fire and struck the 30-year-old suspect at least three times. The suspect tried to escape on foot, authorities say, but was quickly caught and taken to the hospital.
Sources say the wounded officer told investigators that Archer walked up to the car, appeared to be about to ask for directions when he pulled a 9 mm and opened up with 13 shots. The officer was hit then fired back and the suspect was also wounded, but he does not have life-threatening injuries.
DA Seth Williams says “I’m very thankful the officer is alive. This shows us the need for smarter laws when it relates to guns on the street. My office is going to do all that we can to ensure the defendant is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement: ‘We are thankful that Officer Hartnett is alive and not facing life-threatening injuries after being ambushed. We wish him and his family the best during his recovery. This alleged intentional act of violence against an officer seeking to help a fellow citizen is horrifying and has no place in Pennsylvania.’
Hartnett is an 18th district officer with five years on the force. The FBI is now assisting in the investigation.
Here is what I think of the religion of peace.
NO GUNS-NO WAY! Questions?
No More Nice Girl!
When you're right........you're right. ......And you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!
She's nice, and not a wimpy Dem either!! Like her attitude.
Put a freaken round in it! The Left that is.
First off why didn't the cop shoot back ? The guy looks close enough to kill him.
And disarming Muslims is the best law that could ever be made, however Muslims are not under American law and no gun laws would effect them.
But guns are not their favored weapons. They like knives and machetes best.
Those they should be disarmed of .
He did return fire. He shot him in the ass.
Good shot!!! Another Black one down, oh, seems he was Black & Muslim, wonder why the two seem to connect, somehow???
Islam means submission, not peace. Any Muslim who legally owns a gun needs to be vetted competently, something this administration refuses to do.How to comply with the Second Amendment and not be STUPID? Interesting question.
In Israel, to own guns is a privelege, not a right. That country often appears to be inundated with weapons, actually extends very few gun permits to civilians — only 2.5 percent of the population can legally carry a firearm. But those who are licensed to carry a weapon have proved capable of acting swiftly and effectively time and again to neutralize attackers during acts of terrorism.
This is true as only CITIZENS OF AMERICA are to be armed. And we re to be armed for a set reason to protect our land and ourselves - that is NOT the case for visitors or invaders !
Invaders are here to over-throw the country !
Visitors are just passing through.
I disagree. If that door is opened then Christians are next. Then whoever is after that. Stop bringing in these people is ok. Stop electing muslims for president is ok. Stop electing muslims to government positions is ok with me. Stop allowing the muslim brotherhood to influence our elected is ok.
Can we throw them out for violating the Monroe doctrine by being here..