US police officer survives possible Islamic State-inspired shooting

A police officer in the US city of Philadelphia survived a barrage gunfire into his patrol vehicle by a suspect who allegedly claimed "allegiance to Islamic State," Philadelphia police said Friday.

Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was hit three times in the left arm by the gunman, who fired 11 rounds in the close-range attack.

Hartnett was able to give chase and wound the 30-year-old suspect, Edward Archer, who was captured by other officers.

Under questioning, the suspect "confessed to this cowardly act in the name of Islam," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said at a Friday press conference. Ross said Archer said that police "defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Koran."

Ross said the weapon used in the attack was a police gun reported stolen in 2013.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25
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