Philadelphia Police announced on Sunday that they were reviewing the prospect of “radical beliefs” in the suspect who shot and wounded a Police officer earlier this thursday.
According to Reuters reports, the Police are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to verify the credibility of the tip, which led to charges of attempted murder, assault and aggravated assault against Edward Archer, the man accused of seriously wounding Police officer Jesse Hartnett.
According to a Daily Mail report, Edward Archer, 30, said he was acting in the name of Islam and pledged allegiance to ISIS after pumping 13 bullets through the window of officer Jesse Hartnett’s cruiser just before midnight on Thursday, investigators said.
“The citizen alleged the defendant had an affiliation to a group with radical beliefs,” police said. “The Philadelphia Police Department has alerted all department personnel of this matter and will continue to have officers work with a partner until further notice.”
Video of the attack on Hartnett shows a man in a long robe similar to the traditional dishdasha, or thobe, often worn by Muslim men in parts of the Middle East, as he opened fire on the police car. Police officers nearby arrested him.
Anxiety over the threat posed by Islamic State in the United States has risen in recent months, and has been also renewed questions over gun control. The recent issue comes after the terror shootings in San Bernardino, California, and months after the tragic terrorist attack in Paris.