Cops: Gunman Who Shot Philly Officer Praised ISIS

Officer survived and suspect is in custody
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2016 11:26 AM CST
Updated Jan 8, 2016 1:30 PM CST
Philly Cop Ambushed in 'Absolutely Evil' Act
Officers investigate the scene Friday of a shooting Thursday night in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)

Philadelphia police say the man accused of ambushing a city cop and shooting him at point-blank range has confessed to doing so "in the name of Islam" and to support ISIS, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was in his patrol car Thursday night when a gunman approached the vehicle and opened fire with a semiautomatic pistol. Hartnett was struck three times in the arm and is hospitalized in stable condition, officials said. The New York Daily News says he suffered a broken arm and nerve damage but was able to fire back at the perpetrator. A suspect, IDed as Edward Archer, 30, was caught as he tried to get away and was also wounded. Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the attack was "absolutely evil" and "one of the scariest things I've ever seen," per the Inquirer, adding to the Daily News, "I can't even believe that he was able to survive this."

The suspect can be seen in surveillance video wearing what appears to be a long white robe over pants—what the Inquirer describes as "Muslim garb." Ross tells the paper that the suspect got Hartnett's attention, then fired into the police cruiser 13 times. Hartnett can be seen jumping out of his car despite his injuries and firing at the suspect. "Shots fired! I'm shot! I'm bleeding heavily!" Hartnett can be heard saying over police radio. After his capture, Archer told detectives: "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State. That is why I did what I did," per homicide commander Capt. James Clark. Meanwhile, Hartnett's family says he'll be OK. "Jesse you're a super hero," his sister-in-law wrote on Facebook Friday morning, per the Daily News. (Frightening images taken from the video can be seen at ABC News.)

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