Suspect ID'ed After ISIS-Inspired Cop Ambush; Was 'Hearing Voices'
The man who police say ambushed a Philadelphia officer in the "the name of Islam" has been identified as 30-year-old Edward Archer.
Archer's mother reportedly said that her son had suffered head injuries, was "hearing voices" and family members had asked him to seek mental help.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said earlier this afternoon that Archer opened fire on Officer Jesse Hartnett's patrol car at 11:30 last night.
Hartnett was struck more than a dozen times, but miraculously survived and was able to fire back, wounding Archer.
Police say Archer is already out of the hospital and in jail. Archer is an ex-con who may have been radicalized while in jail previously.
According to Rick Leventhal, police sources described Archer as "more of a disenfranchised loser than someone with actual ties to terrorists."
Ross said Archer pledged allegiance to ISIS in his confession, saying that he “believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran."
The gun used in the attack was stolen from police in October 2013.
Ross said it's unclear whether Archer was part of a larger terror conspiracy.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said this afternoon that Archer is not an observant Muslim.
"At this hour, it does not appear that he was an observant or mosque-going Muslim" in the local community, said Jacob Bender, executive director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"I've called numerous imams and mosques to try to see if the name rings a bell with anyone. So far it hasn't," he told Reuters in an interview.
Despite what the police said earlier in the day, Mayor Jim Kenney maintained that the attack had "nothing to do with the teachings of Islam."