Philadelphia Officer Ambushed, Shot Multiple Times - Suspect Says He Did It In The Name of Islam

A Philadelphia police officer is lucky to be alive after being shot several times in an ambush on Thursday night. 

Officer Jesse Harnett was on patrol at around 11:40 p.m. on Thursday when a man rushed his driver side window and began firing at him at point blank range. 

The suspect fired his gun 13 times and struck Officer Harnett multiple times in the arm, causing extensive injury. Hartnett returned fire, striking the suspect three times.

The suspect fled on foot but was apprehended a short time later.

CBS Eyewitness News in Philadelphia is reporting that the suspect provided a full confession and stated that he shot the officer in the name of Islam. The suspect was also described as having been dressed in Muslim garb at the time of the shooting.

Officer Hartnett was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, albeit with a long and difficult recovery.

UPDATE: The Philadelphia police commissioner stated in a press conference that the weapon used to ambush Officer Hartnett was a stolen police officer's gun. No further details have been provided on when, or from whom, the gun was stolen.


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