Man suspected of shooting Philadelphia cop says he attempted ‘execution’ in the name of Islam: report
BY Meg Wagner, Laurie Hanna
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Friday, January 8, 2016, 9:32 AM
Philadelphia Police Officer Ambushed, Shot
The man suspected of shooting a Philadelphia cop admitted to the attempted “execution” and claimed he did it in the name of Islam, according to local media.
Police have not released an official motive for the Thursday night attack and have not said if they are investigating it as terrorism.
Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, survived the harrowing ambush but suffered a broken arm and nerve damage during the late night shootout.
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The 30-year-old suspect, who has not been identified, was injured when the cop fired back. He was taken into custody, where he confessed to the ambush, saying he committed it in the name of Islam, sources told CBS Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the attack, which was caught on video, was “absolutely one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen.”
“This guy tried to execute the police officer. The police officer had no idea he was coming. It’s amazing he’s alive,” he told the TV station.
Hartnett was patrolling West Philadelphia when the suspect walked up to his squad car and opened fire around 11:30 p.m., police said.
NBC 10 News
Officer Jesse Hartnett was shot at least three times as he pursued a suspected through the intersection of 60th and Spruce Sts. in West Philadelphia late Thursday.
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The man unleashed 13 bullets, emptying his 9-mm handgun as he fired from inside the car’s driver-side window, according to Ross.
Despite being hit with three bullets, Hartnett returned fire. The suspect was shot at least three times, and officers caught up with him a short distance away.
Hartnett underwent surgery early Friday at Presbyterian Hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.
“Fortunately he’s awake. He’s coherent,” Ross said.