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August 26, 2016 -- The surveillance video tells the story. A black male, alleged to be 30-year-old Edward Archer, opened fire on a white police officer in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

The victim, Philadelphia Police officer Jesse Hartnett, survived after taking three bullets in the arm. He was able to return fire.   

A trial date is set for October 21, 2016. 


A Philadelphia police officer ambushed by a silent gunman who later said he acted in the name of Islam testified in court Thursday about the attack, detailing how he kicked his way out of his police cruiser to return fire.

Philadelphia prosecutors have found no evidence that suspect Edward Archer has any links to terrorism, though federal authorities continue to explore that issue.

Archer's lawyer said he may instead have mental health problems.

"The evidence is quite clear," said defense attorney Trevor Borum after Thursday's preliminary hearing. "I agree with you on that. However, whether or not he was acting under the influence of a mental illness, whether or not he could differentiate right from wrong at the time that happened, that needs to be explored."

Archer, 30, was held for trial on attempted murder and other charges. He used a stolen police weapon in the attack and emptied the chamber, authorities said.

Officer Jesse Hartnett testified about how his left arm was shattered by gunfire as he used it to cover his head in the vehicle the night of January 7th at 60th and Spruce Streets in West Philadelphia.

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