Clearing things up in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett was shot some three times in an “attempted assassination” by one Edward Archer late last night. Archer got off approximately 12 shots from close range. Thankfully, most missed. Officer Hartnett was shot three times in the arm. He was apparently bleeding profusely when he radioed for assistance.

Archer is a self-professed Muslim who sought to kill Officer Hartnett “in the name of Islam” with another officer’s stolen Glock. According to Philadelphia officials, Archer had pledged his allegiance to ISIS. His record includes previous arrests for aggravated assaulted and firearms violations.

Lest there be any misunderstanding, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney begs to disagree with Archer. He has declared that the shooting had nothing to do with Archer’s “being a Muslim or the Islamic faith.” Perhaps Mayor Kenney can clear that up with Archer himself somewhere down the road.

Officer Hartnett not only survived the shooting, he chased Archer and got off a shot that must have slowed him down. Other officers apprehended him. The video below comes from Philadelphia’s 6ABC Action News and is posted here. CBSPhilly has more here.