January 10, 2016 Philadelphia, Pa. Continued threat against Police Officers from group that included suspect who shot Police Officer Jesse Hartnett.
Officer Safety notice has been given and authorities are actively conducting an investigation into alleged ties that Edward Archer the man who shot Police Officer Jesse Hartnett at point blank range while he sat in his patrol vehicle may have had. The suspect is believed to be in a group of three or more individuals that currently pose a risk to Other Officers in and around the Philadelphia area at this time.
Archer claimed that he had pledged allegiance to the group known as ISIS and according to Police information has been brough to them that he was part of a group that may be targeting Police Officers; 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.”
According to CBS News Archer: Investigators believe Archer traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and to Egypt in 2012, FBI special agent Eric Ruona said, and the purpose of that travel was being investigated by the FBI. Police said there was no indication anyone else was involved, and it is unclear if and where Archer practiced his faith locally. Archer’s mother, Valerie Holliday, described her son as devout Muslim.
Officer Jesse Hartnett:
At about 11:40 p.m. Thursday, Archer fired at least 13 shots toward Hartnett and eventually got up next to the car and reached through the driver’s side window, investigators said. Despite being seriously wounded, Hartnett got out of his car, chased the suspect and returned fire, wounding his attacker in the buttocks, police said. Other officers chased Archer and apprehended him about a block away.
Current Investigation request from the Philadelphia Police Department as of January 10, 2016:
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.
If you have information that can assist in this investigation please contact the Philadelphia Police Department Immediately:
750 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Call 215.686.TIPS (8477) or
text PPDTIP (773847)