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Shooter of Police Officer Pledged Allegiance to Islamic State


A still image from surveillance video shows a gunman approaching a Philadelphia police vehicle in which Officer Jesse Hartnett was shot shortly before midnight Jan. 7, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A still image from surveillance video shows a gunman approaching a Philadelphia police vehicle in which Officer Jesse Hartnett was shot shortly before midnight Jan. 7, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


A man shot a police officer in Philadelphia on Thursday and said he did it to support the Islamic State terror group.

Officer Jesse Hartnett was hit multiple times after a 30-year-old man fired 13 shots into his vehicle.

Hartnett was wounded, but managed to return fire, striking the attacker multiple times.

Hartnett is expected to recover. He was shot three times in the arm.

The shooter was captured later by other Philadelphia officers.

Police released images from a security video showing the shooter taking aim at the police officer who sat in his police car. Police commissioner Richard Ross said “it’s amazing he’s alive.”

Police Captain James Clark says after the shooter was captured, he pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group.

Hartnett will require multiple surgeries to repair his gunshot wounds.

But Ross says “this could easily have been a police funeral.”

I’m Dan Friedell.

VOANews.com wrote this story. Dan Friedell adapted it for Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.

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Words in This Story

allegiance – n. loyalty to a person, country, group, etc.

amazing – adj. causing great surprise or wonder : causing amazement

pledge – n. a serious promise or agreement

surgery – n. medical treatment in which a doctor cuts into someone's body in order to repair or remove damaged or diseased parts

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