The Philadelphia Police Department is looking for three more potential jihadists connected to the Philly terrorist who ambushed a police officer in the name of ISIS. The police department posted on their Facebook page a notice of their desire to track these three down:
A Philadelphia Police Department Announcement:
Last night a Philadelphia Police Officer was stopped by a citizen on the street who proceeded to make statements regarding the defendant involved in the shooting ambush on Officer Hartnett, which occurred on January 7, 2016. The citizen alleged the defendant had an affiliation to a group with radical beliefs.
The Philadelphia Police Department and Federal Partners take this type of information very seriously, particularly after the recent attack on Officer Hartnett. Therefore, the department along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation is actively investigating these allegations in an effort to verify the credibility of the information given.
The Philadelphia Police Department has alerted all department personnel of this matter and will continue to have officers work with a partner until further notice.
As always, we encourage any information or tips from members of the community regarding this matter.
Tensions ran high in the Philadelphia Police Department Sunday in the wake of an attempted assassination of an officer by a man allegedly claiming he did it “in the name of Islam” after an anonymous tip to officers on Saturday said the threat against police in the city is ongoing.
According to a police report obtained by NBC10, an anonymous tipster told officers that, “the threat to police is not over” and that the man who shot Officer Jesse Hartnett is “part of a group that consists of three others,” adding that the alleged shooter “is not the most radical of the four.” The report obtained Sunday goes on to say the tipster told police to “be careful.”
JIHAD COMES TO PHILLY:
Law enforcement officials confirmed Sunday afternoon that police did indeed receive a tip that Edward Archer, the man accused of approaching Hartnett’s patrol car at 60th and Spruce streets Thursday night and opening fire on him at point-blank range, was working among a small group of radical men.
Authorities said the tip came from a woman who approached an officer on the street.
Police said they are taking the tip seriously and investigating, and that on Sunday, they were issuing memos to all law-enforcement agencies to warn them to stay vigilant as the investigation continues.
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