Edward Archer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The man accused of shooting a Philadelphia cop reportedly told officers that he did so “in the name of Islam” and later pledged his allegiance to ISIS. That’s according to CBS Philadelphia. The suspect has been named as Edward Archer, 30. He’s accused of shooting Philly cop Jesse Hartnett, 33, multiple times in West Philadelphia on the night of January 7.

According to police captain James Clark, Archer told detectives during an interview, “I follow Allah, I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic state.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Archer Is Accused of Firing 13 Bullets From a Stolen Police Gun at Officer Jesse Hartnett

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Archer is accused of firing 13 bullets into Hartnett’s cruiser. The five-year veteran survived but “faces a long recovery,” according to authorities.

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(Screengrab via ABC Philadelphia)

Authorities have not commented on a possible motive for the shooting with the FBI now assisting the investigation. Fox Philadelphia reports that police believe the gun used to attack Hartnett was a stolen police weapon. The gun was taken from the home of an officer in a 2013 robbery, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

WATCH: Philadelphia Cop Jesse Hartnett’s Shooting

Viewer discretion advised. This is the shocking moment when Officer Jesse Hartnett of the Philadelphia Police Department was shot at 13 times.

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2. Archer’s Mother Says Her Son Has Been ‘Hearing Voices in His Head’

Surveillance images from the scene of the attack appear to the show the suspect wearing a long white robe, which ABC Philadelphia describes as “muslim garb.”

In a candid interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mari Schaefer, Archer’s mother said that the suspect has “been hearing voices in his head.” In a press conference on January 8, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told the media that the suspect told officers that “police bend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney stressed that the attack had nothing to do with Islam. Meanwhile, the Council of American-Islamic Relations executive director in Philadelphia Jacob Bender told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “We need more information. Was he in contact with any bona fide terrorist or anything like that? We don’t know.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush tweeted about the incident:

3. Archer Was Wounded 3 Times in the Attack

Archer was arrested as he tried to flee the scene, reports CBS Philadelphia. Hartnett had managed to return fire and Archer was hit three times. The officer was awake at the time he went into surgery. Hartnett suffered extensive damage to his left arm. In calling for backup, the officer said, “I’m bleeding heavily!”

WATCH: Philadelphia Cop Jesse Hartnett’s Shooting

Viewer discretion advised. This is the shocking moment when Officer Jesse Hartnett of the Philadelphia Police Department was shot at 13 times.

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4. Hartnett Is a Coast Guard Veteran

Jesse Hartnett LinkedIn page


Hartnett is an officer in the 18th district and has been on the force for five years. According to his LinkedIn page, Hartnett is a graduate of Delaware County Community College, where he studied security, and has served in the U.S. Coast Guard as well as working for Exelon Nuclear.

Jesse Hartnett Philadelphia Police Department

(Philadelphia Police Department)

Speaking to Fox Philadelphia, Hartnett’s father, Robert, said his son is in good spirits and is a “tough guy.”

5. Philly’s Police Commissioner Called the Shooting ‘Absolutely Evil’

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Reese Scott, 25, sweeps away broken glass at the scene of Officer Hartnett’s shooting. (Getty)

Police Commissioner Richard Ross called the shooting “absolutely evil.” ABC Philadelphia reports Ross telling the media at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where Hartnett is being treated, that “It’s an absolute ambush.” Ross later told reporters that Archer “started firing with one aim and one aim only, to kill [Hartnett].”

The town of Yeadon where Archer hails is seven miles west of Philadelphia.

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    • My dear friend Islam has nothing to with these evil acts — it is criminal as anything and Islam in its 100% perspective condemns as heinous crime. Don’t you see that is and obvious mistaken notion to associate Islam with crime – how can it be when there are so many verses calling us to what is good and just — I would say 100% if you take them all in their proper historical context. These are criminal acts of the mentally ill or disillusioned and deluded.

      • Where are the high profile Muslims denouncing this act? Where are Jabbar. Muslim Congressmen Carson and Ellison? Their silence is deafening!!! The myth is the moderate Muslim. They don’t exist. The difference between radical and moderate Muslims is method of how to execute the Caliphate.

      • There are 109 specific references that call Muslims to war with non believers. Sampling of verses calling for violence and not peace.

        Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out.
        Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”
        Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.
        Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”
        Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward ”
        Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…”
        Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
        Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah”
        Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” – According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence is to convert to Islam (prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religion’s Five Pillars). This popular claim that the Quran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack. Had they been, then there would have been no waiting period (earlier verses make it a duty for Muslims to fight in self-defense, even during the sacred months). The historical context is Mecca after the idolaters were subjugated by Muhammad and posed no threat. Once the Muslims had power, they violently evicted those unbelievers who would not convert.

        • These are not the Verses..Stop editing your own Cow brain pagus..Everything in this world is spiritual world n He’s the one who is sustaining this world as your Soul,
          You have to get to your Soul-self to understand as this time you are like filthy Illuminati Animal,dreadfully Worsest But we only told to guide yo or Mock you to burn in hell,NY to hurt you…

        • These are nt the verses ..You forgot to start from surah baqarah 190,which says wagenwar against those who wage war against you
          Refers to the Army of disbeliever
          Then slay them wherever you found them

          Not to hurt innocence,We only told to guide them to a straight path..

          ,Then we only told to guide yo or Mock you to burn in hell,Not to hurt you…

          • Sounds more to do about crack cocaine than Islam. Petty criminals who found Allah? Please! Every wacko with a gun will be tied to Islam going forward. Stop wasting time convincing ignoramuses.

      • I have news for you: it isn’t YOU who decides if Islam was the inspiration of this crime. It is the decision of the shooter. That’s what you people fricking do – a radical Islamic morom says he did it for the Islamic State, and yet YOU say he’s wrong. How exactly can he be wrong? Just because you interpret the Quoran differently than he does? You can keep saying that ISIS doesn’t represent Islam, Al Qaeda doesn’t represent Islam, Boko Haran doesn’t represent Islam… and on and on until the cows come home! But you’ll still be wrong because, again, it isn’t you who decides how others interpret the teachings of the Quoran. That is not how one properly denounces these crimes.

      • Moe: You are lying. From the Koran: Surah 9:5
        “When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.”

  1. Call it whatever you like, but at it’s roots is Black on White violence. Between ISIS and BLM Blacks are declaring war in America against the elderly, and anyone that doesn’t have Black skin.

  2. Islam is not a religion: It is a political system founded on religious tenets, dictatorial theocracy, domination of sharia law, subjugation of non-Muslims in Muslim countries. Non-Muslims are often subject to a special kind of tax and restricted rights. It would be like referring to communism as an economic system. Communism is not simply an economic system, it is a worldwide political system that seeks universal domination, or at least it did until it was stopped!

  3. Islam is not a religion: It is a political system founded on religious tenets, dictatorial theocracy, domination of sharia law, subjugation of non-Muslims in Muslim countries. Non-Muslims are often subject to a special kind of tax and restricted rights. It would be like referring to communism as an economic system. Communism is not simply an economic system, it is a worldwide political system that seeks universal domination, or at least it did until it was stopped!

    • And you crackers are not terrorists? HAHAHA what do you call it when your 13 yrs old sons and even daughters shoot up schools? huh lol you crackers are so delusional, it’s hilariou

      • At least our 13 year old son’s and even daughters do not drive thru our neighborhoods on a daily basis slinging bullets without even aiming like you cowardly negro pieces of shit.

    • Open carry is not a solution to aim for–do you people know that open carry of hand guns is already the law in 43 states? And only illegal in 7? Sure is. The ones its illegal in are Fla, S Carolina, Calif, I’ll, NY, Okla, And Arkansas! Check it out. So get a holster and start exercising your American rights. I live in WA, and many people have guns on their hips and go into the grocery store, gas station, even the bank, but nobody shoots anyone, only the criminals who have migrated from the eastern cities.
      Texas was the eighth illegal state, but it just became open carry. In many states you don’t even need a permit.

    • Look who’s calling the kettle black… you’re just confirming that humans are vicious animals. You gun-toting degenerates like your islamic counterparts rationalize your violence methodically. Neither of you are crazy.

  4. Missing from the the charges are hate crime based on race, it was an attack from a black man on a white officer. Also missing, I want to see the Attorney General go after this Muslim for attacking a non muslim (since she was so high and mighty on going after anyone disparaging Muslims).

  5. This is very disturbing, he is not insane! He stole the gun from a police officer, admitted he was killing for Islam, for Allah. We need to stop this by closing the borders !! We need to keep America safe for our children!! Look what is happening in Europe, we do not want that here. They should be investigating his family, friends, social media contacts, phone records.. looking over all those people.. arrest and deport. Kick them out of this country. They don’t like it here, they want to change us. This is the USA and I’m a proud American. Monday we all need to call our local representatives and demand the borders closed! Anyone that sides with Islam should not be allowed in our country!!! God Bless America. AMEN

  6. I can’t believe how hateful and disgusting you racist people are that take a mentally ill man’s actions to denounce a billion people so quickly. You all should be ashamed of calling yourselves human beings. Islam is a religion of Peace and denounces violence unlike the hate you some of you idiots are spreading here. You are the same people committed genocide on Native Americans and took over the land you claim as yours and your ancestors thought owning slaves was another birth right. I am a better citizen of this country than you hateful scum. You let fear make you delusional. Maybe get some education so you can find some peace from your ignorance. You are more in danger because you are brainless not because of islam.

    • Just go away. If Islam was so great, you’d not be here. No one needs to educate themselves more on Islam, they just need to look around the world. And by the way, the only group if people who still practice slavery are Muslims, today, right now. Which makes all you black sympathizers to Islam look like stupid, misle, brain-washed jerks.

    • Any person from any race will find a reason for violence. It’s not mental illness; Humans are animals and violent psychopaths. Islam is no different. Ask any nazi.

    • If you’re going to take advantage of our education system do yourself a favor and proof read before posting ignorance. Interesting how people in the middle east shutter at the thought that they may be mistaken for a muslim, and denounce the religion, research is another thing they teach here in America try it,it just might give you some insight. Good day and God bless you ;)

    • Oh shut up Obama is yours too. And besides there are a whole lot of ppl killing and harming muslims in the states and those ppl are mainly crackers

  7. How long until the morons at blacklivesmatter protest because the officer shot the suspect as he was running away or until the left calls thr shooter a victim?

  8. All Muslims are potential traitors, even the most respectable in government. His mother is lying like so many other do to make an insanity plea for his Mooslem son.

  9. Yea, doesn’t every jackass hear voices before they execute the act. And good, I’m glad the isis sympathizer was wounded, too bad he wasn’t killed. And where is our president, why isn’t he crying for a wounded American police officer?

  10. I don’t think this is a muslim related smdh it’s just an excuse, see white cops especially in philly have been assaulting ajd plotting against black ppl for years on, even before all that stuff came up in the news. I believe this black man just reached hi boiling point and snapped, I think he simply used the Muslim thing as an excuse because it’s convenient with Muslims being at the very top of America and Europe’s paranoia and all

  11. What is Archer’s made-up, sand-bunny name? These goofy critters like to give themselves faux Mohammadan monikers, such as “Mumia Abu-Jamal.”

  12. I pray for every officer ,they put their lives on the line to help keep us safe ,I wish him a speedy recovery,God was in you car Officer Hartnett,my continue to keep you cover in the blood of Jesus