A man accused of opening fire on a police officer in Philadelphia this week told investigators he did it in the name of Islam and was inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), police say.
The man waved down the police officer's cruiser Thursday night, officials report, and opened fire when the car pulled over.
The attacker fired 13 rounds at officer Jesse Hartnett and the police cruiser, Ross said.
Police said that despite his injuries, Hartnett exited his cruiser and chased the suspect, returning fire and striking him in "some part of his buttocks." The suspect was apprehended later by police.
It's crazy the Philadelphia police officer survived this attack, and then got out and pursued the suspect https://t.co/RjqAv757uE— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) January 8, 2016
Capt. James Clark told reporters at another news conference on Friday that the suspect said he "pledges his allegiance to [the] Islamic State, he follows Allah, and [that] is the reason he was called upon to do this."
Ross said the suspect "has confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of Islam.” He said Hartnett's "will to live undoubtedly saved his life,” adding that he would need surgeries.
"This could have easily been a police funeral," Ross said.
Sources told a local CBS affiliate that the suspect gave "a full confession" to investigators. The police officer was hit three times in the arm and fired back at the gunman, identified by police as Edward Archer, 30, according to Philly.com.
A spokesperson with the FBI told The Hill that the agency is working with Philadelphia police to investigate the shooting.
"There are just too many guns on the streets, and I think our national government needs to do something about that,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) said.
Police said Friday that they weren't aware of a broader connection to terrorism, saying the suspect had avoided "implicating anyone else" and "he seemed to know how to navigate around just enough."
"He was trying to assassinate this police officer," Ross said.
Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffA guide to the committees: House New national security adviser pick marks big change on Russia Trump’s feud with the press in the spotlight MORE (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said "the attack may be another illustration of the danger of home-grown radicalization."
He pointed out that the FBI is investigating terrorism suspects in all 50 states and hailed new efforts on the part of the Obama administration to tackle militant propaganda.
Sen. Bob CaseyBob CaseyA guide to the committees: Senate GOP loses top Senate contenders How many GOP senators will stand up to megadonor DeVos? Just 2. MORE (D-Pa.) issued a statement slamming the "act of barbarism" and praising the "awe-inspiring level of bravery and heroism" on the part of the officer
"Those who carry out attacks in the name of ISIS or any other terrorist organization must be fully prosecuted," Casey said.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on social media that he was thinking of the officer and his family.
—Last updated at 3:33 p.m.