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January 22, 2016

Officer wounded by 'radicalized' shooter released from hospital

Officer Jesse Hartnett, the 33-year-old Philadelphia patrolman who was shot several times on Jan. 7 as he sat in his police car at 60th and Spruce streets in West Philadelphia, has been released from the hospital. 

Hartnett was released from Penn Presbyterian Hospital and will continue his recovery at home, police said.

Hartnett was ambushed at about 11:40 p.m. on Jan. 7,  by Edward Archer, 30, of Yeadon, Delaware County, who allegedly fired 13 shots from a stolen police-issued handgun at Hartnett as he sat in his patrol cruiser. He was hit three times in his left arm.  

Hartnett was able to climb out of his vehicle after the shooting, and return fire, hitting Archer in the buttocks as he attempted to flee. 

After being arrested in that incident, Archer later told investigators his actions were in allegiance with "the Islamic State."

Law enforcement officials have said that they believe Archer acted alone in the assault and, though he claimed he acted in allegiance with "the Islamic State," they do not believe he was involved in any terrorist group. 

Archer has been charged with attempted murder and related offenses. 

He is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday.