A Police Officer in Philadelphia was ambushed by a man who pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (IS). Officials have said Edward Archer fired at least 11 shots at the officer, in an act done in the name of Islam. Despite being shot, Officer Jessie Hartnett left his vehicle and was able to return fire, striking Mr Archer at least once. Mr Archer escaped on foot but was apprehended by police shortly after. He has confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of Islam,” the Police Commissioner said, because he believes “police defend laws that are contrary to Islam”. There is no evidence that Mr Archer, 30, of Yeadon, Pennsylvania, was working with anyone else.
Philadelphia court records show he was convicted of assault in March and was set to begin a prison term. He had also been convicted of forging documents in a nearby suburb.