A Philadelphia police officer in a patrol car was wounded overnight in a blazing ambush when a gunman fired at least 13 shots from semiautomatic pistol into the cruiser, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was hit three times in the arm and taken to a hospital, where he was reported in stable condition but faces a long recovery. The gunman was wounded by return fire from Hartnett and taken into custody after attempting to flee. Officers recovered a black, 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Richard Ross, both in their first week in their jobs, rushed to the hospital after the shooting around 11:30 p.m. The officer was driving north wen he was flagged down by a man in the street who was wearing multiple layers of clothing. The man opened fire 13 times, riddling the cruiser with bullets before firing into the driver’s side window. “I can’t even believe that he was able to survive this,” said Ross, who called the ambush “absolutely evil.” He added, “This guy tried to execute the police officer.”