The suspect has now reportedly given a full confession, telling police he carried out the attack in the name of Islam. (link)
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WEST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Surveillance images of a man shooting and seriously injuring a Philadelphia police officer in an ambush late Thursday night have been obtained by ABC News.
The black-and-white images show the suspect, dressed in what sources say is Muslim garb and wearing a mask, approaching the driver’s side window of Officer Jesse Hartnett’s cruiser around 11:40 p.m.
One image shows the man pointing a gun at the officer’s vehicle, while another shows what appears to be the muzzle flash as he fires.
Another image shows the gunman with his arm in the vehicle.
“It’s just an absolute ambush,” said Police Commissioner Richard Ross in a news conference early Friday morning outside of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
Police have not commented on a possible motive for the shooting.
Hartnett, 33, is a five-year veteran of the force. He suffered extensive injuries to his arm, but authorities say he was awake and alert prior to that surgery.
Police say the suspect fired a total of 13 shots, three of which hit Hartnett in the arm.
Hartnett was able to return fire, striking the suspect three times, police say. The suspect has been arrested. (read more with video)
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A Philadelphia police officer was shot and seriously wounded in an ambush-style attack while sitting in his patrol car, city officials said early on Friday.
The shooter, who has been arrested, fired about 13 shots into the window of the officer’s car, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters. He walked toward the car as he fired, eventually getting close enough to reach in the window.
The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, officials said.
The 33-year-old officer, identified by media as Jesse Hartnett, was taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital. Hospital officials were not immediately able to provide detail on his condition on Friday. (read more)