Left: Police Officer Jesse Hartnett. Right: Alleged shooter Edward Archer.

Left: Police Officer Jesse Hartnett. Right: Alleged shooter Edward Archer.

Philadelphia Police Department

After a cop was shot 13 times, the suspect says he ‘did it in the name of Islam’

Police Officer Jesse Hartnett was shot 13 times Jan. 7 in West Philadelphia, and it’s since been reported the suspect has confessed and told police he “did it in the name of Islam.” The shooter has been identified as 30-year-old Edward Archer of Delaware County. He pleaded guilty last year to carrying a gun without a license, a third-degree felony, and simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor. During a Jan. 8 press conference, Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the gun Archer used was stolen from a police officer in October 2013. The FBI is now investigating a tip that Archer is involved with a small radical group.

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