Last night, a Philadelphia police officer was ambushed by a man who claims he perpetrated the attack in the name of Islam.
Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was sitting in his patrol car around 11:30 p.m. when a gunman fired 13 shots at his car. The "attempted assassination" took place at 60th and Spruce Streets. He was struck three times in the arm but still managed to exit the vehicle, return fire, and aid fellow police officers in the arrest of Edward Archer, 30.
Archer fully confessed to the attack, where he admitted he did it in the name of Islam. He pledged allegiance to ISIS and has an extensive criminal record.
According to USA Today, Philadelphia Police Commissioner RIchard Ross said Archer "confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of Islam. He said he believes that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teaching of the Koran."
Adding insult to injury, the weapon used in the attack was a stolen police firearm.
Officer Hartnett, a five-year veteran on the police force, has a long road to recovery, but it is miraculous he is even alive.
Robert Hartnett, the officer's father, said, “It’s going to be a tough road, but he’s a tough guy… I told him I love him, and I’m proud of him and he is an excellent person.”