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.
It’s not Pope Francis or the DNC that put Philly in a spotlight this time — Mayor Kenney’s first crisis has everything to do with a neighborhood and its issues.
Kenney clarified his comments from last week and responded to his critics today during a press conference with commissioner Richard Ross and U.S. Senator Bob Casey.
The charges stem from an incident just blocks away from where a Philadelphia police officer was ambushed Thursday night.