Philadelphia police release chilling images of alleged ISIS-inspired attack on officer

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Philadelphia Officer Ambushed, Suspect Arrested

On Friday, the Philadelphia Police Department released dramatic still images of an alleged assassination attempt against one of its officers the night before.

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Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the attacker claimed to have been inspired by the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS. Ross said the targeted officer was shot three times and that it was something of a miracle that he survived such a direct attack.

"I don't know how this officer survived," Ross said.

The alleged attacker was identified as Edward Archer.

The still images appear to show him approaching a police-car window as he fired his gun, and then hurrying away. They can be seen below:







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Philadelphia police release chilling images of alleged ISIS-inspired attack on officer
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: A headshot of Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, who was ambushed and allegedly shot at 13 times by Edward Archer, 30, last night on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Surveillance footage reveals the suspect was dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. Following his arrest, suspect Edward Archer stated, 'I follow Allah and pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and that is the reason I did what I did.' (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: A photograph of a video survelliance image shows Edward Archer, 30, the suspect in a shooting ambush last night of 33-year-old Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot 13 times at close range on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Surveillance footage reveals the suspect was dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. Following his arrest, suspect Edward Archer stated, 'I follow Allah and pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and that is the reason I did what I did.' (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: A headshot of Edward Archer, 30, the suspect of a shooting ambush last night of 33-year-old Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot 13 times at close range on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Surveillance footage reveals the suspect was dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. Following his arrest, suspect Edward Archer stated, 'I follow Allah and pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and that is the reason I did what I did.' (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
An investigator walks through 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)
Officials investigate 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)
Police Commissioner Richard Ross stands next to a still image made from a video of a shooting while speaking with members of the media during a news conference Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. A gunman ambushed a police officer in his marked cruiser at an intersection, striking him multiple times in the arm during a barrage of bullets and fleeing before being apprehended, officials said. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
An officer sits next to a displayed image of Officer Jesse Hartnett ahead of a news conference Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. A gunman ambushed a police officer in his marked cruiser at an intersection, striking him multiple times in the arm during a barrage of bullets and fleeing before being apprehended, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A man prepares to cross a street at the scene of a shooting Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. A gunman ambushed a police officer in his marked cruiser at the intersection, striking him three times in the arm during a barrage of bullets and fleeing before being apprehended, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A gun sits by a marker following 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)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: Reese Scott, 25, sweeps the scene of a shooting ambush last night of 33-year-old Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot 13 times at close range on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Surveillance footage reveals a suspect dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. The suspect was arrested. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: Blood stains are seen at the scene of a shooting ambush last night of 33-year-old Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot 13 times at close range on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Surveillance footage reveals a suspect dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. The suspect was arrested. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: Pedestrians walk past police tape near the scene of a shooting ambush last night of 33-year-old Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot 13 times at close range on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Surveillance footage reveals a suspect dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. The suspect was arrested. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: A police officer holds barrier tape several blocks away from the scene of a shooting ambush last night of 33-year-old Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot 13 times at close range on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsyvania. Surveillance footage reveals a suspect dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. The suspect was arrested. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: A man walks past police tape near the scene of a shooting ambush last night of 33-year-old Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot 13 times at close range on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Surveillance footage reveals a suspect dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. The suspect was arrested. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: Police walk through the scene of a shooting ambush last night of 33-year-old Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot 13 times at close range on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Surveillance footage reveals a suspect dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. The suspect was arrested. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Officers investigate 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)
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