In Philadelphia on Thursday night, a police officer was ambushed as he sat in his marked patrol car at a red light. A man walked up to the car and began firing at Officer Jessie Hartnett at point blank range. Officer Hartnett was shot three times in his left arm after the suspect fired 13 rounds into the driver’s side window of the police cruiser, emptying his 9 mm handgun.
The officer was able to return fire, hitting the suspect three times. Officer Hartnett can be heard on the police radio shouting, “Shots fired! I’m shot! I’m bleeding heavily!” The suspect was captured by police very soon after his attack on Officer Hartnett.
Although police are currently saying that they do not know the motive of the suspect and the AP is trying to use the attack to help push Obama’s unconstitutional overreach with his gun control proposals, the local CBS affiliate is reporting that the suspect attempted to execute the officer in the ambush in the name of Islam.
The entire attack was caught on video and was described by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross as “absolutely one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen.” Commissioner Ross added, “This guy tried to execute the police officer. The police officer had no idea he was coming. It’s amazing he’s alive.”
The 33-year old police officer’s sister-in-law posted the following message on Facebook on Friday morning after Hartnett got out of surgery.
“Jesse you’re a super hero. My brother in law, a police officer in West Philadelphia, was shot at 13 times point blank while sitting in his patrol car at a red light last night … But it’s harder than that to take down a Hartnett.”
Officer Hartnett suffered a broken arm and nerve damage, but is expected to recover, though his recovery is expected to be a long one.
This attack is reminiscent of the ambush of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu who were executed by Muslim Ismaaiyl Brinsley in December 2014. The officers were shot execution style in the head as they sat on a break in their patrol car eating. Both of these officers died as a result of their injuries. Brinsley committed suicide in an ally after he executed the police officers in the name of Islam.
Here is the audio of the officer’s call.
WARNING: Listener may find the audio disturbing.