Neighborhood stunned by ambush of Philly officer

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People living in the neighborhood where a Philadelphia police officer was ambushed and shot late Thursday were stunned by the attack. (WPVI)

People living in the neighborhood where a Philadelphia police officer was ambushed and shot late Thursday were stunned by the attack.

Edward Archer, 30, is accused of shooting Officer Jesse Hartnett at 60th and Spruce in West Philadelphia around 11:40 p.m.

Surveillance images show a gunman, identified as Archer, rushing Hartnett's cruiser and firing multiple times. Hartnett managed to return fire, wounding him. Archer has been arrested.

Tamika Jones says she witnessed that ambush first hand, standing in the window of a nearby carryout.

She says she had no inkling what was to come as the gunman rushed toward the officer's car.

"He came on down for the cop car, went boom, boom, boom, boom. That's why everybody was scared. People that was standing outside, people ran out the bar, we hit the floor, we was crying," Jones said.

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Muslim leaders in West Philadelphia expressed sorrow and disavowed the ambush shooting of a police officer, allegedly in the name of Islam.



Jones told us though Archer doesn't live in West Philadelphia, he was a familiar face in this area. Jones said he often spent time at a relative's home.

Neighbors along nearby Delancey Street told us police arrested the 30-year-old suspect in the middle of their block. Shanel Mason said she was awaken by a commotion outside her front door.

"What I actually heard the cops saying to the guy 'get the f down, get the f down, get the f down.' I was like 'What is the commotion?' So I go to the window, I'm looking, and I actually see them apprehending him," Mason said.

Archer was arrested about halfway between the shooting scene and a home at 61st and Pine. It is believed the house belongs to Archer's family.

Neighbors said he often spent time here visiting a relative who had recently moved away. It's believed the suspect still had a key to the house, which is being renovated.

On Friday afternoon, 11 heavily armed SWAT officers entered that house along with a member of the bomb squad.

Those who know the suspect said he was a practicing Muslim, but dispute reports he pledged himself to ISIS.

The FBI searched the house for several hours and removed at least four boxes and a bag.

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