The Latest: NYPD urges vigilance after Philadelphia shooting

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Posted: Jan 08, 2016 3:35 PM
The Latest: NYPD urges vigilance after Philadelphia shooting

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The latest on a Philadelphia police officer shot while sitting in a police cruiser (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

The New York Police Department is urging officers to be extra vigilant after attacks on police in Philadelphia and Paris.

The internal memo Friday, obtained by The Associated Press, was titled "officer safety alert" and warned police to take proactive safety measures.

A knife-wielding suspect lunged at officers in Paris on Thursday before being shot. Shortly before midnight in Philadelphia, a gunman opened fire on an officer in a patrol car, wounding him. Philadelphia police officials said Friday the suspect used a stolen gun and told investigators he was an Islamic State supporter who acted in the name of Islam.

The NYPD memo says the two incidents "demonstrate the continued threat that members of service face from individuals seeking to target law enforcement personnel for a variety of reasons, including terrorist motivations."

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1:40 p.m.

Police say the 30-year-old suspect in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer told investigators that he opened fire in the name of Islam.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says Edward Archer pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Ross says Archer also told investigators that he believed police defend laws that are contrary to Islam.

Archer's mother, Valerie Holliday, told The Philadelphia Inquirer he has been hearing voices recently and that family asked him to get help. She also described him as devout Muslim.

The wounded officer has been identified as Officer Jesse Hartnett. He was shot three times in the arm. Hartnett fired back and wounded the suspect.

Archer has addresses in Philadelphia and the suburb of Yeadon.

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1:15 p.m.

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 Thursday night shooting.

The wounded officer has been identified as Officer Jesse Hartnett. He was shot three times in the arm. Hartnett fired back and wounded the suspect.

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This story has been corrected to show the officer's first name is Jesse, not Jessie, and to show the shooting was Thursday night, not Friday morning.

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7:15 a.m.

Philadelphia police have identified the officer who they say was ambushed while sitting in his marked cruiser as Officer Jesse Hartnett.

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.

A motive for the shooting remains unclear.

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This story has been corrected to show the officer's first name is Jesse, not Jessie.

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2:15 a.m.

Philadelphia police say an officer is undergoing surgery after he was shot three times in the arm by a man who ambushed him as he sat in his marked police cruiser.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says the officer returned fire late Thursday night, hitting the suspect at least three times.

Police say the suspect fired a total of 13 shots that hit the officer and his car.

Ross says the shooting was unprovoked. He calls it one of the scariest things he's ever seen.

Both were taken to area hospitals. There's no word on the suspect's condition. The officer is expected to survive.

A motive for the shooting remains unclear.