PHILADELPHIA (AP) — UPDATE: Police say the suspect in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer told investigators that he shot the officer in the name of Islam and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

They also say the man, who has addresses in Philadelphia and the suburb of Yeadon, used a stolen police gun in the crime.

Police officials say the gun was reported stolen from an officer’s home in October 2013 but they don’t know how many hands it passed through before being used in the Thursday night shooting.

The wounded officer has been identified as Officer Jesse Hartnett. He was shot three times in the arm. Hartnett fired back and wounded the suspect.

GOPUSA Editor’s Note: The suspect has been identified as Edward Archer, age 30. He has a police record and may have been radicalized in prison. I would remind our readers that this shooting took place last night around midnight. Identification of the suspect was released this afternoon. Information from these events does not flow instantly. When it does, it is often in error.

AP’s previous story is below.

A Philadelphia police officer was ambushed by a man while sitting in his marked cruiser, and was in stable condition Friday after being shot three times in his left arm, officials said.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the suspect fired 13 shots that hit Officer Jessie Hartnett and his car late Thursday. He said the officer returned fire, hitting his assailant at least three times.

“This is absolutely one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen,” Ross said at a news conference early Friday. “This guy tried to execute the police officer. The police officer had no idea he was coming.”

The suspect ran away but was quickly apprehended by other officers, authorities said.

Ross, who was sworn in as commissioner Tuesday, said there was no apparent motive for the attack.

“Why someone would do something so absolutely evil is just beyond us,” Ross said. “It’s amazing he’s alive.”

There was no immediate word on the suspect’s condition. Officer Christine O’Brien said the man was stuck at least once in the buttock.

Jim Kenney, who is in his first week as mayor of the nation’s fifth-largest city, said, “There are just too many guns on the streets and I think our national government needs to do something about that.”

His statement comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement on Tuesday of his plan to tighten gun control laws.

Associated Press writers Joscelyn Paine and Bob Lentz contributed to this report.

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