A Pennsylvania man accused of firing 13 shots at a Philadelphia police officer “in the name of Allah” was found guilty by a jury in less than three hours.
Edward Archer, 32, approached the police car where Officer Jesse Hartnett was sitting and shot Hartnett 13 times
at point-blank range. The shooting was captured on CCTV footage.
Miraculously, only three shots penetrated Hartnett, all in his arm. The officer was able to kick open his car door and chase Archer. One of the seven shots fired by Hartnett hit Archer in the buttocks. Officers who were nearby heard Hartnett’s call for help arrested him.
Hartnett’s arm was shattered by the gunshots, leaving him unable to work as a police officer. He has undergone 11 surgeries since the shooting, which occurred on the night of January 7, 2016.
Authorities say Archer later confessed that he shot the police officer in the name of Islam and was motivated by his devotion to Allah and ISIS.
Archer refused to enter a plea in court, saying, “I don’t plead to anyone but Allah.”
Meanwhile, a Florida man, Gregory Hubbard, 54, who was arrested at the Miami airport and charged with
attempting to join ISIS in Syria, has accepted a plea agreement. Hubbard was caught in an FBI sting with two other men as he tried to board a flight to Germany from where the FBI says he had planned to travel to Turkey by train and then make his way to Syria.
Hubbard previously pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization and selling ammunition to a felon. The details of the plea agreement were not publicized.
He was arrested with Darren Arness Jackson, 50, and Dayne Atani Christian, 31, of Lake Park, Florida, who were charged with providing firearms training to Hubbard to help him in his terroristic plans. The two also reportedly expressed a desire to join ISIS.