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Suspect shot Philly officer in name of Islam

Posted at 1:25 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 16:49:12-05
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The latest on a Philadelphia police officer shot while sitting in a police cruiser (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

Police say the 30-year-old suspect in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer told investigators that he opened fire in the name of Islam.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says Edward Archer pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Ross says Archer also told investigators that he believed police defend laws that are contrary to Islam.

Archer's mother, Valerie Holliday, told The Philadelphia Inquirer he has been hearing voices recently and that family asked him to get help. She also described him as devout Muslim.

The wounded officer has been identified as Officer Jesse Hartnett. He was shot three times in the arm. Hartnett fired back and wounded the suspect.

Archer has addresses in Philadelphia and the suburb of Yeadon.

1:15 p.m.

Police say the suspect in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer told investigators that he shot the officer in the name of Islam and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

They also say the man, who has addresses in Philadelphia and the suburb of Yeadon, used a stolen police gun in the crime.

Police officials say the gun was reported stolen from an officer's home in October 2013 but they don't know how many hands it passed through before being used in the Friday morning shooting.

The officer has been identified as Officer Jessie Hartnett. He was shot three times in the arm. The officer fired back and wounded the suspect.
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7:15 a.m.

Philadelphia police have identified the officer who they say was ambushed while sitting in his marked cruiser as Officer Jessie Hartnett.

Officer Christine O'Brien of the Philadelphia police says Friday that Hartnett is in stable condition at a hospital, hours after being shot three times in the left arm.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says the officer returned fire late Thursday night and hit the suspect at least three times. O'Brien says the suspect, whose name has not been released, was struck in the buttock.

Police say the suspect fired a total of 13 shots that hit the officer and his cruiser.

Ross says the shooting was unprovoked. He calls it one of the scariest things he's ever seen.

There's no word on the suspect's condition.
   A motive for the shooting remains unclear.
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2:15 a.m.

Philadelphia police say an officer is undergoing surgery after he was shot three times in the arm by a man who ambushed him as he sat in his marked police cruiser.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says the officer returned fire late Thursday night, hitting the suspect at least three times.

Police say the suspect fired a total of 13 shots that hit the officer and his car.

Ross says the shooting was unprovoked. He calls it one of the scariest things he's ever seen.

Both were taken to area hospitals. There's no word on the suspect's condition. The officer is expected to survive.