Philly Police Commissioner: Man Shot Officer Then 'Confessed to Committing This Cowardly Act in Name of Islam'

By Staff | January 8, 2016 | 2:16pm EST
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Jr. (Screen capture)

( - Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett was shot multiple times on Thursday evening by a man who later told police he acted “in the name of Islam” and that "the police defend laws that are contrary to the teaching of the Koran," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Jr., said at a Friday press conference.

At the press conference, Ross explained the attack and what he said was the attacker's professed motive.

“The suspect in question is a 30-year-old male from Yeadon, he has a Philadelphia address as well, I believe," said Ross. "He has confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of Islam. According to him, he believes that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Koran."

Ross also displayed some photographs of the actual attack.

“You can see the male in question, moving toward Police Officer Hartnett already firing. Second shot: He is literally inside that car. He’s got his arm extended, firing at Officer Hartnett," said Ross.

“I am absolutely amazed the Officer Hartnett is here today," said Ross. "This male fired at least 11 shot from a 9 millimeter at close range."

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