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A Philadelphia Police officer and his suspected shooter remain in the hospital after the suspect allegedly fired on the officer last night. 

The injured officer was brought to the hospital after the shooting and since then, he's undergone surgery 

The officer, Jesse Hartnett, talked to detectives about being ambushed and shot while sitting in his patrol car. The 33-year-old said he was stopped at an intersection when a gunman walked up to his patrol car and opened fire. Police say the suspect fired a total of 13 shots that hit the officer and his cruiser. During a panicked call to dispatch, Hartnett was able to fire back at the gunman, identified as 30-year-old Edward Archer, and wound him. 

Archer was tracked down and arrested a short time later. Police say Archer told investigators he opened fire in the name of Islam and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Archer's mother, Valerie Holliday, told The Philadelphia Inquirer he has been hearing voices recently and that family asked him to get help. She also described him as devout Muslim.

"I just have to tell you looking at the video, this is one of the scariest things i ever seen. The officer had no idea he was coming. It's amazing he's alive," Commissioner Richard Ross told media after reviewing footage of the shooting. 

Officer Hartnett's colleagues say he was alert and coherent when he was taken to the hospital. They say he has a broken arm and severe nerve damage, but his spirits are good. 

 

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