Friday, January 08, 2016
The Washington Post is reporting: Philadelphia police: Attacker ‘tried to execute’ officer, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State
The Washington Post is reporting: Philadelphia police: Attacker ‘tried to execute’ officer, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Written by Mark Berman January 8 at 1:18 PM
A police officer in Philadelphia was shot multiple times late Thursday by an attacker who told authorities he had pledged loyalty to the Islamic State.
The officer survived the “unprovoked” shooting and returned fire, hitting the attacker, who survived and was taken into custody, Richard Ross Jr., the city’s new police commissioner, said at a news conference.
Ross said during a later news conference that the suspect confessed to the shooting and told detectives he did it “in the name of Islam.”
Police also said that the attacker told authorities he was pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, the militant group that has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.
The gun used in the shooting was a stolen police firearm, Ross said.
Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was driving through an intersection in West Philadelphia at about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday when a man began firing into the driver’s side window of the police car, Ross said.
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