IS supporter shoots cop in Philadelphia

Police officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was shot three times in his left arm

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This image obtained January 8, 2016 from the Philadelphia Police Department, shows a suspect shooting into a police car on January 7, 2016. PHOTO: AFP


A man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group shot and seriously wounded a police officer in Philadelphia, opening fire multiple times at point blank range with a stolen weapon, police said Friday.

Police officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was shot three times in his left arm as he sat in his patrol car late Thursday in the northeastern city. Police said they were astonished he survived.

Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross called the attack ‘absolutely chilling’ and described the officer's injuries as ‘very, very serious’.

Stills captured from video surveillance show the suspect opening fire as he walks towards the patrol car, extending his arm into the vehicle and then continuing to fire as he flees on foot.

"If that doesn't just make the hairs on your neck just rise when you see that, it's scary," Ross told reporters.

The officer exited his vehicle, despite being injured, and managed to return fire, hitting the suspect who was quickly arrested. 

Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2016.


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