Philly Police: Shooting Of Officer "In Name Of Islam"
Police say the suspect in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer told investigators that he shot the officer in the name of Islam and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.
They also say the man, who has addresses in Philadelphia and the suburb of Yeadon, used a stolen police gun in the crime.
Police officials say the gun was reported stolen from an officer's home in October 2013 but they don't know how many hands it passed through before being used in the Friday morning shooting.
The officer has been identified as Officer Jessie Hartnett. He was shot three times in the arm. The officer fired back and wounded the suspect.
Officer Christine O'Brien of the Philadelphia police says Friday that Hartnett is in stable condition at a hospital, hours after being shot three times in the left arm. Police Commissioner Richard Ross says the officer returned fire late Thursday night and hit the suspect at least three times. O'Brien says the suspect, whose name has not been released, was struck in the buttock.
Police say the suspect fired a total of 13 shots that hit the officer and his cruiser.
Ross says the shooting was unprovoked. He calls it one of the scariest things he's ever seen.
There's no word on the suspect's condition.
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