PHILADELPHIA >> Philadelphia police officer and East Lansdowne native Jesse Hartnett described in court Monday the harrowing attack he faced at the hands of alleged gunman Edward Archer in a Jan. 6, 2017 shooting.
“I hear gunshots … I think to myself, ‘When is it going to stop?’” Hartnett told the jury of nine women and three men, according to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hartnett was on patrol alone in a marked police cruiser at 60th and Spruce streets at about 11:40 p.m. when the assault occurred. At a preliminary hearing in March 2016, Hartnett described putting his left arm up to shield his head as Archer allegedly ran up to the car, put his arm through the shattered window and continued firing. The incident was captured on surveillance video.
“I had a split-second to react,” said Hartnett. “As I see him running at me, everything told me to take cover.”
Archer, 32, is facing attempted murder, aggravated assault and related charges. He smirked at times during Hartnett’s testimony, according to the Inquirer story.
Hartnett, a Monsignor Bonner graduate and former East Lansdowne resident, said he attempted to get down but was hampered by his police belt and the cruiser’s computer, according to the Inquirer.
He used his right hand to call for backup and open the car door before pursuing his attacker, according to the Philadelphia paper, drawing his weapon with his working right arm as his broken left arm dangled.
Harnett was able to get off three shots, wounding his attacker in the buttocks, before returning to the trunk of his police cruiser for a tourniquet.
“I see the (police lights) and I’m thinking, ‘Hurry up, hurry up,’ because I know how bad off I was,” he said, according to the Inquirer.
Hartnett spent two weeks in the hospital after the attack and underwent multiple surgeries. He showed his scarred arm to the jury Monday, according to the Inquirer.
Archer was taken into custody about a block from the scene by responding officers. He later told detectives that he believes police enforce laws that undermine the Quran’s teachings.
“I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State, and that’s why I did what I did,” Homicide Capt. James Clark has quoted him as saying.
The weapon used in the attack, a 9 mm Glock pistol, had been stolen from a Philadelphia police officer’s home in 2013, police officials have said. It is not clear how it made its way to Archer, who is also charged with receiving stolen property.
The trial is ongoing.