When terror and Obama’s war on cops collide… Developing story…
Sources tell Eyewitness News the suspect has given a full confession, saying he did it in the name of Islam.
“When you look at the video, this is one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen,” Commissioner Ross said. “This guy tried to execute the police officer. The police officer had no idea he was coming. It’s amazing he’s alive.”
Photo released of suspect aiming at officer at point blank range. (credit: Real Time Crime Police Camera)
Hartnett was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he underwent surgery for a broken arm. Ross says the officer’s arm suffered significant damage and that he has a long road to recovery, but he is expected to be okay: “Fortunately he’s awake, he’s coherent.” CBS Philadelphia
The black-and-white images show the suspect, dressed in what sources say is Muslim garb and wearing a mask, approaching the driver’s side window of 33-year-old Officer Jesse Hartnett’s cruiser.
One image shows the man pointing a gun at the officer’s vehicle, while another shows the muzzle flash as he fires.
Another image shows the gunman with his arm in the vehicle.
“It’s just an absolute ambush,” said Police Commissioner Richard Ross in a news conference early Friday morning outside of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
Police have not commented on a possible motive for the shooting.
“I’m shot! I’m bleeding heavily!” Hartnett was heard saying.
Hartnett is a five-year veteran of the force. He suffered extensive injuries to his arm, but authorities say he was awake and alert prior to that surgery.
Police say the suspect fired a total of 13 shots, three of which hit Hartnett in the arm.
Hartnett was able to return fire, striking the suspect three times, police say. The suspect has been arrested.
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Ross said investigators believe he is a 30-year-old man from Yeadon, and that they were still working to confirm his identity.
Jim Kenney, who is in his first week as mayor of the nation’s fifth-largest city, said, “There are just too many guns on the streets and I think our national government needs to do something about that.”
His statement comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement on Tuesday of his plan to tighten gun control laws.