Mayor’s response? We need more gun control. Unbelievable. No, you need criminal control.

PHILADELPHIA –– Police here say an officer was shot three times in the arm by a man who ambushed him as he sat in his marked police cruiser late Thursday night.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross — who was sworn in Tuesday — called the shooting an attempted execution.

Ross says Officer Jesse Hartnett returned fire, hitting the suspect at least three times.

Police say the suspect fired 13 shots at point blank range that hit Hartnett and his car in an intersection.

Both were taken to area hospitals.

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We’ll have to see what the facts are, but troubling report:

Via CBS:

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.”

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.”

Hartnett returned fire and struck the 30-year-old suspect at least three times. The suspect tried to escape on foot, authorities say, but was quickly caught and taken to the hospital.

There’s no word on his name or condition at this time.

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Sounds like Islamic dress.

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Pics of the shooting, via ABC News:
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Description of incident from cop who responded, via Stephanie Farr of Philadelphia Daily:
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This is Facebook photo of officer, Jesse Hartnett.
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Gun used was stolen from a police officer, according to the news conference.
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According to officials, the suspect believes that police officers protect laws that are contrary to the Koran.

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Terrorist named as Edward Archer, had prior gun charge which was plead down and got time served.

The man who is suspected of opening fire on a Philadelphia Police officer in West Philly late Thursday night pleaded guilty in 2013 to an armed assault that had taken place a few blocks away the year prior — however a plea deal kept him out of prison.

Edward Archer, 30, of Yeadon, has been named as the suspect who ambushed Philadelphia Police officer Jesse Hartnett and firing 13 shots at the officer at 60th and Spruce streets in West Philadelphia. Archer was on parole and awaiting a hearing scheduled for January 19, stemming from a 2012 armed assault.

According to court documents, Archer pleaded guilty to simple assault and carrying a firearm without a license after police said he pointed a gun he wasn’t licensed to carry at a man’s stomach, threatened him and then chased the man with the gun when the victim had broken free.

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