A gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS ambushed a Philadelphia police officer Thursday night, unleashing a hail of bullets at him "in the name of Islam," officials said.
The suspect, Edward Archer, 30, now in custody, "confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of Islam," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said during a news conference. "According to him, he believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran."
Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark said the suspect "stated that he pledges his allegiance to Islamic State, he follows Allah and that is the reason he was called upon to do this."
The gunman fired at least 11 shots, seriously wounding the cop, and then fled, authorities said today. Harnett, a 4-year veteran of the department, got out of his car and chased the gunman, firing back at him.