Late Thursday night, a police officer was ambushed and shot 11 times at 11:30 p.m. at 60th and Spruce Streets in West Philadelphia in a terrorist inspired attack.
The attacker, Edward Archer, approached 33-year-old officer Jesse Hartnett from the driver’s side window to ask for directions when he pulled out his 9mm and began firing. By the grace of God, Hartnett wasn’t killed and instead returned fire, hitting his would-be assassin three times as he tried to escape.
Archer said the attack was carried out in the name of Allah and pledged support for the Islamic State.
Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross says the suspect gave a full confession to police stating:
“According to him, police bend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran.”
Ross went on to say that the video of the shooting was one of the scariest things he’s ever seen in his career and that it was a miracle that Hartnett was alive.
Here is a local report on the attack:
The Philadelphia Police Department released this tweet:
We are grateful for the outpouring of support for our brave officer,Jesse Hartnett.Please keep him in your thoughts & prayers as he recovers
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) January 8, 2016
Here is a video from the press conference of the Philadelphia police commissioner:
From CBS Philly:
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – 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 11 shots through the driver’s side of the car.
Police are calling it an “attempted assassination.”
Are more attacks like this coming? Sound off in the comments below!