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He 'Tried to Execute' Him: Philly Police Officer Survives Ambush

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UPDATE Jan. 09, 2016 // 9:34a.m.

The FBI is investigating two trips alleged Philadelphia police shooter Edward Archer made to the Middle East, a spokesman told Fox News.

Special Agent Eric Rouna said federal authorities are investigating a trip Archer made to Saudi Arabia in 2011 where the suspect spent “a couple” of weeks. Authorities are also seeking more information about the several months Archer spent in Egypt in 2012.

The man suspected of ambushing a Philadelphia police officer in his patrol car used a stolen police firearm and acted “in the name of Islam,” authorities said this afternoon.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said at a news conference that the suspect has confessed to last night's shooting of Officer Jesse Hartnett, who remains in recovery at hospital.

The suspect, a 30-year-old man from Philadelphia, “believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran,” Ross said.

The attack is believed to have been inspired by ISIS, though police say it is not yet clear whether the man conspired with others to carry out the shooting. Officials say he was specifically targeting the police.

The gun used in the attack was stolen from police in October 2013.

Police also revealed surveillance images of the harrowing scene, which show the suspect run up to Officer Hartnett’s marked police car with the stolen gun.


The photos confirm that the assailant was “literally inside that car,” Ross told reporters.

“This male fired at least 11 shots from a 9mm at close range.”

The next photo then shows Officer Hartnett climbing out of his car and chasing after the shooter.

Incredibly, the injured five-year veteran officer managed to fire back. He struck his assailant at least three times, said police.



"America's Newsroom" this morning played the newly released audio of Officer Hartnett's distressing call for help.

"I'm shot. I'm bleeding heavily!" the officer is heard shouting.

At this afternoon's news conference, Ross called the latest attack “absolutely chilling.”

“He knew what he was doing, he was trying to assassinate this police officer,” said the commissioner. “This could have easily been a police funeral.”

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