Police probe man’s claim he shot officer in Allah’s name

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Federal and local authorities are investigating the motive of a man they say confessed to shooting a Philadelphia police officer because he was “following Allah.”

Authorities spent much of Friday questioning 30-year-old Edward Archer. Police said Archer told them he believed the department “defends laws that are contrary to Islam” and that he has pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State group.

But Police Commissioner Richard Ross was not labeling the Thursday shooting a terrorist attack.

Archer’s mother told a newspaper he had been hearing voices recently.

Police say Archer fired at least 13 shots toward Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was able to return fire despite being seriously wounded. Police say the 9 mm pistol Archer used was stolen from another officer’s home more than two years ago.


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