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Philadelphia police officer ambushed 'in the name of Islam' - BBC News

The man fired at least 11 shots at the officer, police say.

A police officer in Philadelphia was ambushed by a man who pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (IS), officials have said.

Edward Archer fired at least 11 shots at the officer, in an act done "in the name of Islam", police said.

Despite being shot, Officer Jessie Harnett left his vehicle and was able to to return fire, striking Mr Archer at least once.

Mr Archer escaped on foot but was apprehended by police shortly after.

"This is absolutely one of the scariest things I've ever seen," Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

"This guy tried to execute the police officer. The police officer had no idea he was coming."
"I'm absolutely amazed Officer Harnett is with us today"
Officer Hartnett is expected to recover from his injuries

"He has confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of Islam," the police commissioner said, because he believes "police defend laws that are contrary to Islam".

There is no evidence that Mr Archer, 30, of Yeadon, Pennsylvania, was working with anyone else, he said.

Philadelphia court records show he was convicted of assault in March and was set to begin a prison term. He had also been convicted of forging documents in a nearby suburb.

Mr Archer's mother Valerie Holliday said he is mentally ill and had suffered multiple head injuries, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

"He's been acting kind of strange lately. He's been talking to himself . . . laughing and mumbling," she told the newspaper. "He's been hearing voices in his head. We asked him to get medical help."

Ms Holliday also told the Inquirer that he had been a devout Muslim "for a long time".

Mr Harnett had been a police officer for at least five years and had also served in the US Coast Guard.

Mr Ross said the he has "very serious injuries that will require multiple surgeries".

After the shoot-out, Mr Harnett screamed into his radio: "I'm bleeding heavily."

"His will to live undoubtedly saved his life," Mr Ross said. "This could have easily been a police funeral."

Mr Ross said Mr Archer's gun was a police firearm that was stolen in 2013.

"We know it was stolen; how many hands it may have passed through in the last couple of years, we do not know," Mr Ross said.

The shooting comes one month after attacks in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead, and were committed by a couple who officials say were inspired by radical Islam.

They also come a day after police in Paris, France, shot dead a man who was apparently trying to attack a police station on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35264935

Yup, Obama's gun laws are really working.
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Mr Ross said Mr Archer's gun was a police firearm that was stolen in 2013.

huh, strange.
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That gun was also reported as stolen. But it does make you wonder how one would steal a POLICE firearm.
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Terrorists have no chill.
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Terrorism is hopelessness personified
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I think this last attack pushed Islam terror attacks in the US over "white" ones, making 1.3% being more productive than 63% of the population.

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What the !!! That's where I live. And I'm headed back tomorrow Dx
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That JV team though...
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Awesome profile pic
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D4nc3Style wrote:

That gun was also reported as stolen. But it does make you wonder how one would steal a POLICE firearm.


Break into a parked police car while its parked at their house. Probably left the gun in there thinking it was safe.
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That JV team though...


JV team is gonna win the Superbowl this year.
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Of course the mother would blame this on "mental" health issues.

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D4nc3Style wrote:

Yup, Obama's gun laws are really working.


It would seem I had my finger right on the pulse when I examined firearms theft as a critical area of focus before. The biggest challenge seems to be that the legislation aimed at addressing violent crime involving firearms is either too narrowly focused on access or is concerned with accessories and firearms types that aren't as frequently involved in said crimes. I know for a fact there's research out there that is addressing improving home firearms security, but all anyone ever seems to talk about at the policy level is access, accessories like extended clips, and "assault weapons" like mid-range semi-automatic rifles.


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Mr Ross said Mr Archer's gun was a police firearm that was stolen in 2013.

huh, strange.


Police officers' homes can be victims of burglaries as well, and burglary is the odds-on favourite for how the firearm was taken. What's more, the fact that it's been missing since 2013 isn't particularly striking since most firearms stolen in burglaries are never recovered anyway. Still, the fact that it's a police weapon leaves a certain bitter irony.
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11 shots at point blank range and he gets himself killed? I guess you could say he was allah outta luck.
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D4nc3Style wrote:
Yup, Obama's gun laws are really working.


Ah, so it's Obama's gun laws that are probably the problem. If I ever leave the U.S. and move to Obama I'll have to keep that in mind.
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