Man Accused of Shooting Philly Cop Confessed to Committing Act for ISIS, Police Say

(ABC News) — A 30-year-old man accused of firing at a Philadelphia police officer “confessed to committing this cowardly act” in allegiance to ISIS, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said today.

Officials say the suspect fired 13 shots at Officer Jesse Hartnett while he was in his police vehicle, Ross said.

“You can see the male in question going toward police officer Harnett … he is literally inside that car,” Ross said today of the image of the shooting.

Harnett then got out of his car and fired back.

“His will to live undoubtedly saved his life,” Ross said.

Hartnett suffered a broken arm serious injuries that will require multiple surgeries, Ross said.

This was the first police-involved shooting for the administration of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who was inaugurated four days ago.

Kenney said today of the shooting, “It’s terrible and it does not represent the religion [Islam] in any way shape or form.”

“When you look at the video — we have video that captured all of this — it’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said during a news conference today.

“This guy tried to execute the police officer,” he said. “It’s amazing he’s alive.”

Hartnett, a five-year veteran, returned fire and hit the suspect three times, WPVI reported. The suspect was apprehended.

PHOTO: Officials say a suspect fired 13 shots at Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett while he was in his police vehicle.
PHOTO: Officials say a suspect fired 13 shots at Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett while he was in his police vehicle.

Dramatic scanner audio also captured the moment Officer Hartnett radioed in that he was shot.

“Shots fired! … I’m shot! I’m bleeding heavily!” he said.

PHOTO: Officers investigate the scene of a shooting, Jan. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia.Joseph Kaczmarek/AP Photo

Hartnett suffered a broken arm and underwent surgery, according to WPVI.

“The officer … he’s going to be okay. … That’s the main thing,” Ross said. “We’re glad for him, and his family and his police family.”

The suspect was hospitalized in unknown condition, according to WPVI.

PHOTO: Officers investigate the scene of a shooting, Jan. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia.Joseph Kaczmarek/AP Photo

Ross said the motive is so far unclear.

“It’s crazy, it doesn’t make any sense,” Ross said. “It’s ridiculous and maybe we’ll find out from this guy what he did it for. I don’t know.”

This was the first police-involved shooting for the administration of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who was inaugurated four days ago.

Police are investigating to determine whether the suspect had been radicalized, officials told ABC News.

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