Police in Philadelphia say that Edward Archer confessed to shooting Officer Jesse Hartnett on Jan. 7 in the name of Islam and pledged his loyalty to ISIS (video below).
"This is absolutely one of the scariest things I've ever seen," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said at a press conference on Jan. 8, notes NBC Philadelphia. "This could have easily been a police funeral."
A surveillance video shows a figure running up to a police car and firing a weapon in the middle of an intersection. Ross said Archer fired on Hartnett about a dozen times at about 11:45 p.m.
Ross stated that Archer used a stolen police 9 mm handgun, which had been taken from a home in October 2013.
Hartnett was hit in his left arm three times, but managed to get out of his car and fire his gun at the suspect.
Archer was wounded in the buttocks, and apprehended nearby by other officers.
Ross said Archer "confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of Islam."
According to Ross, Hartnett suffered a broken arm and nerve damage, but was in "good spirits" when he came out of surgery on Jan. 8. Hartnett will have to undergo more surgeries.
Capt. James Clark told CNN the suspect told police: "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State and that's why I did what I did."
"He just kept on echoing those sentiments and he wouldn't give us anything more than that," Clark added.
FBI Special Agent Eric Ruona said that Archer made trips to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and Egypt in 2012, but didn't mention any ties to terrorist groups.
"That is abhorrent," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said at the press conference, reports The Daily Caller. "It is terrible and it does not represent the religion in any way shape or form or any of the teachings. This is a criminal with a stolen gun who tried to kill one of our officers, and it has nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith."
Imam Asim Abdur-Rashid, who heads of a mosque near an address linked to Archer, condemned the shooting at a press conference, but added that he did not know if Archer attended his mosque, notes CNN.