The sus­pect, whowas shot and ar­rested, said he acted in the name of Is­lam.

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Errin Whack

Philadel­phia po­lice say a man us­ing a gun stolen from po­lice am­bushed and re­peat­edly shot a po­lice of­fi­cer in the name of Is­lam.

philadel­phia » Aman us­ing a gun stolen from po­lice said he was act­ing in the name of Is­lam when he am­bushed an of­fi­cer sit­ting in his marked cruiser at an in­ter­sec­tion, fir­ing more than a dozen shots at point- blank range, au­thor­i­ties said Fri­day. The of­fi­cer and the man were wounded dur­ing the bar­rage of gun­fire, they said.

The man, 30- year- old Ed­ward Archer, also pledged al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State group when he­was ques­tioned af­ter his Jesse ar­rest in late Thurs­day’s Hart­nett shoot­ing, po­lice said. Archer’s was shot mother, Va­lerie Hol­l­i­day, three times in told The Philadel­phia his left arm. In­quirer he had been

hear­ing voices re­cently and had felt tar­geted by po­lice and the fam­ily asked him to get help.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Richard Ross de­scribed the at­tack on Of­fi­cer Jesse Hart­nett, cap­tured on a po­lice sur­veil­lance cam­era, as an at­tempted as­sas­si­na­tion.

“He just came out of nowhere and started fir­ing on him,” Ross said. “He just started fir­ing with one aim and one aim only, to kill him.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Archer trav­eled to Saudi Ara­bia in 2011 and to Egypt in 2012, FBI spe­cial agent Eric Ruona said, and the pur­pose of that travel was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the FBI. But po­lice said there was no in­di­ca­tion any­one else was in­volved in the of­fi­cer’s am­bush.

Ross said Archer told po­lice he be­lieved the po­lice depart­ment de­fends laws con­trary to Is­lam. Al­though Archer “clearly gave us a mo­tive,” Ross said, it’s up to po­lice to see what the ev­i­dence shows.

Fed­eral agents joined lo­cal po­lice in search­ing two Philadel­phia- area prop­er­ties as­so­ci­ated with Archer, in­clud­ing the home where his mother lives in sub­ur­ban Yeadon, au­thor­i­ties said.

Capt. James Clark said Archer told in­ves­ti­ga­tors: “I fol­low Al­lah. I pledge my al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State, and that’s why I did what I did.”

Archer’s mother de­scribed him as a de­vout Mus­lim. Ja­cob Ben­der, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Philadel­phia chap­ter of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions, an ad­vo­cacy group, said he con­tacted about five in­ner- city mosques and found no one who knew of Archer. He said the mo­tive for the am­bush still ap­pears to be con­jec­ture.

“I think the im­por­tant point is not to lay the blame for this on the en­tire Is­lamic com­mu­nity,” he said.

The gun­man fired at least 13 shots to­ward Hart­nett, get­ting up next to the car and reach­ing through the driver’s win­dow, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

De­spite be­ing se­ri­ously wounded, Hart­nett got out of his car, chased the shooter and re­turned fire, wound­ing Archer in the but­tocks, po­lice said. Other of­fi­cers chased Archer and ap­pre­hended him.

Hart­nett, 33, was shot three times in his left arm and will re­quire mul­ti­ple surg­eries; he­was listed in sta­ble con­di­tion. Archer was treated and re­leased into po­lice cus­tody.

Ross called it “ab­so­lutely amaz­ing” that Hart­nett sur­vived.

“It’s noth­ing short of mirac­u­lous, and we’re thank­ful for that,” he said.

In March, Archer pleaded guilty to firearms and as­sault charges stem­ming from a 2012 case but­was re­leased im­me­di­ately and placed on pro­ba­tion, court records show. Records also show he was sched­uled to be sen­tenced Mon­day in sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia in a traf­fic and forgery case.

The at­tor­ney who rep­re­sented him in the firearms case was un­avail­able to com­ment Fri­day be­cause he was in court, his of­fice said. A mes­sage for his lawyer in the forgery case was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Sur­veil­lance footage of the at­tack showed the gun­man dressed in a white, longsleeved tu­nic. Asked whether the robe was con­sid­ered Mus­lim garb, Ross said he didn’t know and didn’t think it mat­tered.

The 9mm pis­tol used by Archer was re­cov­ered at the scene of the shoot­ing, po­lice said. It had been stolen from an of­fi­cer’s home in Oc­to­ber 2013, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. Of­fi­cials said they­were try­ing to fig­ure out how Archer got the weapon and­whether it passed through other peo­ple’s hands af­ter the theft.

In an im­age froma sur­veil­lance cam­era, aman fires a gun at a po­lice cruiser driven by Of­fi­cer Jesse Hart­nett in Philadel­phia late Thurs­day. Af­ter his ar­rest, Ed­ward Archer told po­lice he was act­ing in the name of Is­lam. Philadel­phia Po­lice Depart­ment

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