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Philadelphia police: Suspect shot officer in name of Islam

/ 02:36 AM January 09, 2016
A law enforcement agent investigates the scene of a shooting Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. A Philadelphia police officer was shot multiple times by a man who ambushed him as he sat in his marked police cruiser, authorities said. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek

A law enforcement agent investigates the scene of a shooting Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. AP

PHILADELPHIA — Police say the suspect in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer told investigators he shot the officer in the name of Islam and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

They also say the man used a stolen police gun in the shooting late Thursday.

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The officer has been identified as Officer Jessie Hartnett. He was shot three times in the arm as he sat in his police car. Police say the shooting was unprovoked.

The officer fired back and wounded the suspect.

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Police say the suspect fired a total of 13 shots that hit the officer and his car. TVJ

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